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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Whence  \Whence\,  adv  [OE.  whennes,  whens  (with  adverbial  s, 
  properly  a  genitive  ending;  --  see  {-wards}),  also  whenne, 
  whanene  AS  hwanan,  hwanon  hwonan  hwanone  akin  to  D. 
  when  See  {When},  and  cf  {Hence},  {Thence}.] 
  1.  From  what  place  hence  from  what  or  which  source,  origin, 
  antecedent,  premise,  or  the  like  how  --  used 
  Whence  hath  this  man  this  wisdom?  --Matt.  xiii. 
  Whence  and  what  art  thou?  --Milton. 
  2.  From  what  or  which  place  source,  material,  cause  etc.; 
  the  place  source,  etc.,  from  which  --  used  relatively. 
  Grateful  to  acknowledge  whence  his  good  Descends. 
  Note:  All  the  words  of  this  class,  whence,  where  whither, 
  whereabouts,  etc.,  are  occasionally  used  as  pronouns  by 
  a  harsh  construction. 
  O,  how  unlike  the  place  from  whence  they  fell? 
  Note:  From  whence,  though  a  pleonasm,  is  fully  authorized  by 
  the  use  of  good  writers. 
  From  whence  come  wars  and  fightings  among  you? 
  --James  iv  1. 
  Of  whence,  also  a  pleonasm,  has  become  obsolete. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adv  :  from  what  place  or  origin  or  source;  "whence  did  he  come?"; 
  "whence  comes  this  splendid  feast?";  "sketches  the 
  lawless  society  whence  the  ballads  sprang"-DeLancey 
  Ferguson  [syn:  {wherefrom}] 

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