Thence (?), adv. [OE. thenne, thanne, and (with the adverbal -s; see -wards) thennes, thannes (hence thens, now written thence), AS. [eth]anon, [eth]anan, [eth]onan; akin to OHG. dannana, dannan, danan, and G. von dannen, E. that, there. See That.]

1.

From that place.

"Bid him thence go."

Chaucer.

When ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Mark vi. 11.

⇒ It is not unusual, though pleonastic, to use from before thence. Cf. Hence, Whence.

Then I will send, and fetch thee from thence. Gen. xxvii. 45.

2.

From that time; thenceforth; thereafter.

There shall be no more thence an infant of days. Isa. lxv. 20.

3.

For that reason; therefore.

Not to sit idle with so great a gift Useless, and thence ridiculous, about him. Milton.

4.

Not there; elsewhere; absent.

[Poetic]

Shak.

 

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