hence
Pronunciation Adverb

hence (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) from here, from this place, away
    I'm going hence, because you have insulted me.
    Get thee hence, Satan!
    • 1599-1601, William Shakespeare, ''The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 4, Scene 1:
      O Gertrude, come away! / The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch, / But we will ship him hence:
  2. (archaic, figuratively) from the living or from this world
    ''After a long battle, my poor daughter was taken hence.
  3. (archaic, of a length of time) in the future from now
    ''A year hence it will be forgotten.
    • 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III, Scene i:
      […] And now farewell / Till half an hour hence.
  4. (conjunctive) as a result; therefore, for this reason
    ''I shall go to Japan and hence will not be here in time for the party.
    ''The purse is handmade and hence very expensive.
    • 1910, Sun Tzu, Lionel Giles (translator), The Art of War, Section VI: Weak Points and Strong, 8:
      Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
    • 1910, [1513], Niccolò Machiavelli, Ninian Hill Thomson (translator), The Prince, Chapter VI:
      Hence it comes that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
    • 1731 May 27, Benjamin Franklin, Apology for Printers, published in The Pennsylvania Gazette:
      That hence arises the peculiar Unhappiness of that Business, which other Callings are no way liable to;
Synonyms Antonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: d'ici
  • German: von hier, fort, von dannen
  • Italian: da qui
  • Portuguese: daqui
  • Russian: отсю́да
  • Spanish: de aquí
Translations Translations Interjection
  1. (obsolete) Go away! Begone!
    "...Hence! and bestow your dead
    Where no wrong against him cries!"
    • 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I Scene 2:
      MIRANDA: Beseech you, father——
      PROSPERO: Hence! Hang not on my garments.

Hence
Proper noun
  1. (very, rare) A male given name.



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