What does wherefore mean?

Definitions for wherefore
ˈʰwɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈwɛər-where·fore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. why, wherefore(noun)

    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

Wiktionary

  1. wherefore(Noun)

    An intent or purpose; a why.

    Etymology: From wherfor, wherfore, hwarfore, equivalent to . Compare waarvoor, wofür, and hvorfor, varför. More at where, for.

  2. wherefore(Adverb)

    Why, for what reason, because of what.

    Etymology: From wherfor, wherfore, hwarfore, equivalent to . Compare waarvoor, wofür, and hvorfor, varför. More at where, for.

  3. wherefore(Adverb)

    Therefore.

    Etymology: From wherfor, wherfore, hwarfore, equivalent to . Compare waarvoor, wofür, and hvorfor, varför. More at where, for.

  4. wherefore(Conjunction)

    Because of which.

    Etymology: From wherfor, wherfore, hwarfore, equivalent to . Compare waarvoor, wofür, and hvorfor, varför. More at where, for.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wherefore

    for which reason; so; -- used relatively

    Etymology: [Where + for.]

  2. Wherefore

    for what reason; why; -- used interrogatively

    Etymology: [Where + for.]

  3. Wherefore(noun)

    the reason why

    Etymology: [Where + for.]

How to pronounce wherefore?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherefore in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherefore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of wherefore in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore.

  3. John Milton:

    But wherefore thou alone Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

  4. Dante Alighieri:

    O human race born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou fall.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    Our situation on this earth seems strange. Every one of us appears here involuntarily and uninvited for a short stay, without knowing the whys and the wherefore.

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