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Archaic UsagePlay
Mainly found in literature; modern English often prefers 'where' or 'from where'. SlideHe journeyed to the ancient land, whence his ancestors hailed.
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Poetic FeelPlay
Gives a poetic or formal tone to speech or writing. SlideTo the village whence the river flows, we cast our flowers.
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Implies OriginPlay
Highlights the starting point or origin of a subject in discussion. SlideThis is the garden whence all the flowers are picked for the ceremony.