1. From this place; away. “Or that we hence wend.”
Arise, let us go hence. --John xiv. 31.
I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. --Acts xxii. 21.
2. From this time; in the future; as, a week hence. “Half an hour hence.”
3. From this reason; therefore; -- as an inference or deduction.
Hence, perhaps, it is, that Solomon calls the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom. --Tillotson.
4. From this source or origin.
All other faces borrowed hence
Their light and grace. --Suckling.
Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts? --James. iv. 1.
Note: ☞ Hence is used, elliptically and imperatively, for go hence; depart hence; away; be gone. “Hence with your little ones.” --Shak. -- From hence, though a pleonasm, is fully authorized by the usage of good writers.
An ancient author prophesied from hence. --Dryden.
Expelled from hence into a world
Of woe and sorrow. --Milton.
Hence v. t. To send away. [Obs.]
adv 1: (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or
reason or as a result; "therefore X must be true";
"the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory"; "we were
young and thence optimistic"; "it is late and thus we
must go"; "the witness is biased and so cannot be
trusted" [syn: therefore, thence, thus]
2: from this place; "get thee hence!"
3: from this time; "a year hence it will be forgotten"