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[th ens] /ðɛns/
from that place:
I went first to Paris and thence to Rome.
from that time; thenceforth:
He fell ill and thence was seldom seen.
from that source:
Thence came all our troubles.
from that fact or reason; therefore:
We were young, and thence optimistic.
Origin of thence
1250-1300; Middle English thennes, equivalent to thenne (earlier thenene, Old English thanon(e) thence) + -es -s1
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence)
Usage note
See whence. Unabridged
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  • One braided silver candlestick threw white flame into the polished oaken furniture, and thence by rapid transit to the mirror.
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British Dictionary definitions for thence


from that place
Also thenceforth (ˈðɛnsˈfɔːθ). from that time or event; thereafter
Word Origin
C13 thannes, from thanne, from Old English thanon; related to Gothic thanana, Old Norse thanan
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Word Origin and History for thence

late 13c., from Old English þanone, þanon "from that place" + adverbial genitive -es. Old English þanone/þanon is from West Germanic *thanana (cf. Old Saxon thanana, Old Norse þana, Old Frisian thana, Old High German danana, German von dannen), related obscurely to the root of then, and ultimately from PIE demonstrative base *to- (see the). Written with -c- to indicate a voiceless "s" sound. From thence is redundant.

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