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[hoo-soh-ev-er] /ˌhu soʊˈɛv ər/
pronoun, possessive whosesoever; objective whomsoever.
whoever; whatever person:
Whosoever wants to apply should write to the bureau.
Origin of whosoever
1175-1225; Middle English; see whoso, ever Unabridged
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  • For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

  • whosoever will save his life shall lose it; whosoever will lose his life shall save it.

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
  • He hath also said that whosoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed!

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
  • Therefore I say that whosoever fighteth and contendeth about the Letter, is all Babel.

  • Listen well, and I will tell you: the third is of such a nature that whosoever knoweth it will never be a poor man.

  • Yes, yes; whosoever does well and has confidence in God, may be assured of His protection.

    The Basket of Flowers Christoph von Schmid
  • For whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

  • And whosoever Sir Gareth tilted with was straightway overthrown.

British Dictionary definitions for whosoever


an archaic or formal word for whoever
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