[ UK /wˈe‍əfɔː/ ]
[ US /wɛɹˈfɔɹ/ ]
  1. the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
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How To Use wherefore In A Sentence

  • wherefores," his "how do you knows" and "how do you proves," that I quite trembled for the victim. Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada
  • Obj. 2: Further, filiation, which is said of a man as being the son of someone, his father or his mother, depends, in a way, on him: because the very being of a relation consists _in being referred to another; _ wherefore if one of two relatives be destroyed, the other is destroyed also. Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition
  • And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air? Dipodic Verse : A.E. Stallings : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation
  • According to Damascene (De Fide Orth. iii, 24), "to pray is to ask becoming things of God"; wherefore it is useless to pray for what is inexpedient, according to James 4: 3, "You ask, and receive not: because you ask amiss. Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province
  • Wherefore, upon all these accounts, as well as for all the reasons before mentioned, youth stands in need of good government to manage it in the reading of poetry, that being free from all prejudicate opinions, and rather instructed beforehand in conformity thereunto, it may with more calmness, friendliness, and familiarity pass from thence to the study of philosophy. Essays and Miscellanies
  • Indeed, as a rule, the blessing of the impious is a curse, wherefore Rebekah remained barren for years. The Legends of the Jews — Volume 1
  • Neuerthelesse, the rumour was great, and they rang alarme: wherefore the sayd slaues comming to prison, as it was ordeined in al the alarmes, were met of the people, which in great anger put them to death: so that there were slaine an hundred and moe the same day. The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation
  • Freemasonry it refers especially to that east whence an ancient priesthood first disseminated truth to enlighten the world; wherefore the east is masonically called "the place of light. The Symbolism of Freemasonry
  • Wherefore, properly speaking, to backbite is to speak ill of an absent person in order to blacken his good name. Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province
  • Wherefore do thou write him a letter and chide him angrily and spare him no manner of reproof, but threaten him with dreadful threats and menace him with death and say to him, ‘Whence hast thou knowledge of me, that thou durst write me, O dog of a merchant, O thou who trudgest far and wide all thy days in wilds and wolds for the sake of gaining a dirham or a dinar? The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
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