Wherefore Where"fore, adv. & conj. [Where + for.] [1913 Webster] 1. For which reason; so; -- used relatively. [1913 Webster]

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. --Matt. vii. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. For what reason; why; -- used interrogatively. [1913 Webster]

But wherefore that I tell my tale. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Wherefore didst thou doubt? --Matt. xiv. 31. [1913 Webster]

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  • wherefore — [hwer′fôr′, wer′fôr′] adv. [ME hwarfore: see WHERE & FOR1] Archaic for what reason or purpose? why? [wherefore are you angry?] conj. Archaic 1. for which [the reason wherefore we have met] 2. on account of which; b …   English World dictionary

  • wherefore — index consequently, reason (basis) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 wherefore …   Law dictionary

  • Wherefore — Where fore, n. the reason why. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wherefore — c.1200, hwarfore, from WHERE (Cf. where) + FOR (Cf. for). Cf. Du. waarvoor, O.N. hvar fyrir, Swed. varfor …   Etymology dictionary

  • wherefore — archaic ► ADVERB ▪ for what reason? ► ADVERB & CONJUNCTION ▪ as a result of which …   English terms dictionary

  • wherefore — 1. adverb /ˈweə(r)ˌfɔː(r),ˈʍeə(r)ˌfɔː(r)/ a) Why, for what reason, because of what. Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? b) Therefore. Romeo, O Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo? 2 …   Wiktionary

  • wherefore — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. why?, for what?, for which reason?, therefore, so, accordingly, thereupon. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. That which provides a reason or justification: call, cause, ground (often used in plural), justification,… …   English dictionary for students

  • wherefore — adverb, conjunction old use 1 used to ask why something has happened: Wherefore comest thou? 2 for that reason: Skills are the art of doing, wherefore they must be taught by practical example. see also: whys and wherefores why 3 …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wherefore — See: WHY AND WHEREFORE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wherefore — See: WHY AND WHEREFORE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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