- From this place; away."Or that we hencewend." [Chaucer.]"Arise, let us go hence." [John xiv. 31.]"I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles." [Acts xxii. 21.]
- From this time; in the future; as, a week hence ."Half an hour hence." [Shak.]
- 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.]
- 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.]"An ancient author prophesied from hence." [Dryden.]"Expelled from hence into a world Of woe and sorrow." [Milton.]
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.
Etymology: OE. hennes hensthe s is prop. a genitive ending; cf. -wards), also hen henne hennen heonnen heonene, AS. heonan heonon heona hine; akin to OHG. hinnān, G. hinnen, OHG. hina, G. hin; all from the root of E. he. See He