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[thrahys] /θraɪs/
three times, as in succession; on three occasions or in three ways.
in threefold quantity or degree.
very; extremely.
Origin of thrice
1150-1200; Middle English thries, equivalent to obsolete thrie thrice (Old English thrīga) + -s -s1 Unabridged
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  • For some debt profiles, this proportion will be close to thrice the reciprocal of the average maturity.
  • My house is thrice as heavy as a light timber frame house.
  • thrice she kissed it, thrice inclined her head, thrice she felt the delirium of acquiescence.
  • The ball bounced once, twice, thrice and rolled toward the pin.
  • Once, twice, thrice and a fourth time the goalkeeper made acrobatic leaps to deny him.
  • He preached often in distant churches, besides his own, and sometimes thrice or five times on the same day.
  • Happy those sacred ramparts, thrice happy the dwellers on that all-seeing eminence.
  • thrice happy is the nation that has a glorious history.
  • Twice have drowned, thrice let knives rake my nitty-gritty.
  • It is a judgment, a judgment thrice removed, and probably an unsound one.
British Dictionary definitions for thrice


three times
in threefold degree
(archaic) greatly
Word Origin
Old English thrīwa, thrīga; see three
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Word Origin and History for thrice

c.1200, from Old English þriga, þriwa "thrice" (from þrie "three;" see three) + adverbial genitive -es, changed to -ce c.1600 to reflect voiceless pronunciation.

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