One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
relative adverbarchaic, formal
With or by which.‘the instrumental means wherewith the action is performed’
- ‘He had been set with one foot in the stocks, which were of wood but bound with iron bands; and in this condition received from without an iron implement, wherewith he contrived to accomplish the most courageous deed upon record.’
- ‘The Lord Jesus said to believers: ‘Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?’
- ‘After that He poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith He was girded.’
- ‘But if the Salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?’
- ‘Their topmost ranks take fire and vaporize or find some other form wherewith to be not of this world.’
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