Thenceforth vs Whence - What's the difference?

thenceforth | whence |

As adverbs the difference between thenceforth and whence

is that thenceforth is from that 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).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • From that time on.
  • * 1774
  • the end, that all such foes to the rights of British-America may be publicly known, and universally contemned as the enemies of American liberty; and thenceforth we respectively will break off all dealings with him or her.
  • * 1851 — ch 63
  • Furthermore: you must know that when the second iron is thrown overboard, it thenceforth becomes a dangling, sharp-edged terror, skittishly curvetting about both boat and whale, entangling the lines, or cutting them, and making a prodigious sensation in all directions.
  • * 1861 — ch VI
  • The fear of losing Joe’s confidence, and of thenceforth sitting in the chimney corner at night staring drearily at my forever lost companion and friend, tied up my tongue.
  • * 1927-1929' —
  • I decided to act thenceforth with great caution; not to leave the house, but somehow leave Portsmouth.
  • * 1994 (12 Feb)
  • Here his hand trembled as he set his pen to the proclamation that declared slaves thenceforth and forever free.


    * (from that time on): thenceforward, thenceforwards




  • 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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