Also whys and wherefores. Definitions from Websters American Dictionary of the English Language 1828.
Juliet makes her speech from the balcony while Romeo stands unseen in the shadows beneath.
What does wherefore mean. There is a pronominal adverb in many germanic languages that is a conjunction of the descendants of the proto-germanic words hwar where furi forfore which means something very similar to for what and not for where and similarly there is a pronominal adverb in many germanic languages that is a conjunction of the descendants of the proto-germanic words þar there furi for. Usually plural an explanation or reason esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores. Their love is impossible because of their family names and she asks.
Wherefore therefore means why or which is why. What Juliet is asking in allusion to the feud between her Capulet family and Romeos Montague clan is Romeo why are you a Montague. The cause or intention underlying an action or situation especially in the phrase the whys and wherefores Familiarity information.
WHEREFORE used as a noun is very rare. An example of a wherefore is the cause of a disaster. Although this alliterative term seems tautological originally why alluded to the reason for something and wherefore to how it came to be.
The wherefore here means why rather than where. Wherefore didst thou doubt. Technically redundant since why and wherefore are synonyms but used to add emphasis.
Compare waarvoor wofür and hvorfor varför. NFL legend threatens legal action over new beer. DWTS crowns new champion and viewers are not happy.
But wherefore do you droop. Wherewith In these compounds where meant what or which so that for example whereon meant on what and wherein meant in whatand wherefore meant for what or why Shakespeare used it in other plays as well. Burts Bees apologizes for offensive holiday ad.
For that cause or reason. Yet wherefore does wherefore mean why. Wherefore connects to the past and therefore to the future.
Why look you sad. Why-and-wherefore meaning A full and complete explanation. In such words where had the meaning of what or which giving the English language such adverbs as wherein in what whereon on what and wherefore for what.
What does wherefore mean. Because they sought it not by faith but as it were by the works of the law. For a complete Scripture study system try SwordSearcher Bible Software which includes the unabridged version of this dictionary.
The cost and wherefore of a disaster. Because they sought it not by faith but as it were by the works of the law. As you see those are all location or direction words with the wh- ones alone useable as the start of a question.
Sometimes it means and so. Wherefore means the reason. From wherfor wherfore hwarfore equivalent to.
So why and wherefore in modernspeak would be for what reason and what was the result of it. WHEREFORE noun The noun WHEREFORE has 1 sense. Wherefore Noun An intent or purpose.
For example from this ELU answer. Wherefore let us be grateful. Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable house reconsider this decision.
On its own wherefore simply means the same as why Yet most usually its in the phrase why and wherefore here the wherefore has the alternative meaning of as a result of which. Romans 931-32. Starting in the early 13th century a number of new words were formed by combining where with a preposition.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. However wherefore also was in the sixteenth century used in the meaning of because.