Definitions for: Wherefore

[n] the cause or intention underlying an action or situation esp in the phrase"the whys and wherefores"
[adv] for which reason; "wherefore do I receive this honor?"

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

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
--Matt. vii.

2. For what reason; why; -- used interrogatively.

But wherefore that I tell my tale. --Chaucer.

Wherefore didst thou doubt? --Matt. xiv.

Where"fore, n.
the reason why. [Colloq.]

Synonyms: wherefor, why

See Also: ground, reason

Famous Quotes Containing Wherefore:

Wherefore when a man giveth out his money upon condition that be may not demand it back until a certain time to come, he certainly may take a compensation for this inconvenience which he admits against himself.

-- William Petty (English Economist)

We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe.

-- Miguel de Unamuno (Spanish Educator)

Women wish to be loved without a why or a wherefore; not because they are pretty, or good, or well-bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.

-- Henri Frederic Amiel (Swiss Philosopher)

Wherefore the race being not to the swift, etc. but time and chance happening to all men, I leave the Judgement of the whole to the Candid, of whose correction I shall never be impatient.

-- William Petty (English Economist)

Wherefore the mere practical architect is not able to assign sufficient reasons for the forms he adopts; and the theoretic architect also fails, grasping the shadow instead of the substance.

-- Marcus V. Pollio ( -)

Wherefore for the public interest and benefit of human society it is requisite that the highest obligations possible should be laid upon the consciences of men.

-- Isaac Barrow (English Mathematician)

Christ made the bread the sacrament of his body only: wherefore as the bread is no similitude of his blood, so am I not bound or ought to affirm, that his blood is there present.

-- William Tyndale (English Clergyman)

Neither was there any heresy, or diversity of opinion, or disputing about the matter, till the pope had gathered a council to confirm this transubstantiation: wherefore it is most likely that this opinion came up by them of latter days.

-- William Tyndale (English Clergyman)

If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.

-- Michel de Montaigne (French Philosopher)

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