Henceforth vs Whence - What's the difference?

henceforth | whence |

As adverbs the difference between henceforth and whence

is that henceforth is (formal) from now on; from this time on while whence is from where; from which place or source.

As a conjunction whence is

(literary|poetic) (used for introducing the result of a fact that has just been stated).




  • (formal) From now on; from this time on.
  • * William Shakespeare, Macbeth , Act I, scene II:
  • My thanes and kinsmen,/'Henceforth be earls, the first that ever Scotland /In such an honour named
    I will try to do a better job, henceforth , now that I know the proper technique!


    * henceforward




  • From where; from which place or source.
  • Whence came I?
    "Pork" comes from French, whence we get most of our modern cooking terms.
  • * 1818 , (Mary Shelley), , Chapter 4:
  • Whence , I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed?
  • * 1898 , , Chapter 3:
  • At first I could not tell what this new sound was, nor whence it came, and now it seemed a little noise close by, and now a great noise in the distance. And then it grew nearer and more defined, and in a moment I knew it was the sound of voices talking.
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  • Usage notes

    * This word is uncommon in modern usage; from where'' is now usually substituted (as in the example sentence: ''Where did I come from?'' or ''From where did I come? ). It is now chiefly encountered in older works, or in poetic or literary writing. * From whence has a strong literary precedent, appearing in Shakespeare and the King James Bible as well as in the writings of numerous Victorian-era writers. In recent times, however, it has been criticized as redundant by usage commentators.


    (English Conjunctions)
  • (literary, poetic) (used for introducing the result of a fact that has just been stated)
  • The work is slow and dangerous, whence the high costs.
    I scored more than you in the exam, whence we can conclude that I am better at the subject than you are.


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