Definition of thence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ðɛns/
(also from thence)


1From a place or source previously mentioned: they intended to cycle on into France and thence home via Belgium
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  • Its origin is unknown, but it was introduced to Tahiti from France, via England, and thence to San Francisco.
  • But their successful escape from Afghanistan, via Tehran and Rome and thence to Rabat, raises a simple question: how many more of them got away, and where are they now?
  • By careful observation of the flow of blood in vessels and by dissection, Harvey correctly established that the blood circulates from the heart to the tissues via the arteries and thence back to the heart via the veins and through the lungs.
1.1As a consequence: studying maps to assess past latitudes and thence an indication of climate
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  • It wasn't long before they, together with editor, JF Archibald, saw the commercial value in pitting their literary skills against each other in order to provoke reader reaction and thence sales of the paper.
  • There was then a re-birth of investigative journalism which immediately received widespread support, thence advertising revenue.
  • He won the national Hansell's Sculpture Award in 1975 and thence established himself as among the leading artists of his generation.


The use of thence is similar to whence in that thence and from thence are both used to mean ‘from a place or source previously mentioned’. See also whence (usage).


Middle English thennes, from earlier thenne (from Old English thanon, of West Germanic origin) + -s3 (later respelled -ce to denote the unvoiced sound).

Words that rhyme with thence

cense, commence, common sense, condense, dense, dispense, expense, fence, hence, Hortense, immense, offence (US offense), pence, prepense, pretence (US pretense), sense, spence, suspense, tense, whence

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