Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Whichever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. emphatic form of whichever

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as whichever.

Etymologies

which + soever  (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Such are the opinions which I entertain respecting the administering of the ptisan; and, as regards drinks, whichsoever of those about to be described may be administered, the same directions are generally applicable.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • Yielding to whichsoever of these agreeable eccentricities, he is a savage — cruel, false, thievish, murderous; addicted more or less to grease, entrails, and beastly customs; a wild animal with the questionable gift of boasting; a conceited, tiresome, bloodthirsty, monotonous humbug.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • In answer to this suggestion the other sent him one man from each of the cities of the allies, and bade him take his pick of these, whichsoever and how many soever he chose, as hostages for his own security.

    Hellenica

  • To whichsoever of us shall prove the better men, will they fall as guerdons; and the gods themselves are the judges of the strife.

    Anabasis

  • Instead of everyone reading the same book, the kids would have a chance to grab whichsoever book most tickled their fancy.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • For whichsoever reason, or for all, he drooped his devoted head when the boy was gone, and shrank together on the floor, and grovelled there, with the palms of his hands tight-clasping his hot temples, in unutterable misery, and unrelieved by a single tear.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • The conference lasted several days, and after many debates, resolved on either a truce for five years, or a permanent peace, whichsoever the duke should approve; and the ducal ambassadors, having returned to Milan to learn his decision, found him dead.

    The History of Florence

  • Athenians sent us saying that the king of the Medes not only offers to give us back our land, but also desires to make us his allies on fair and equal terms without deceit or treachery,1354 and is desirous moreover to give us another land in addition to our own, whichsoever we shall ourselves choose.

    The History of Herodotus

  • Once upon a time the little hen went with the little cock to the nut-hill, and they agreed together that whichsoever of them found a kernel of a nut should share it with the other.

    Household Tales

  • When the time came when he was about to die, he summoned them to his bedside and said, “Dear children, I have been thinking of something which I will declare unto you; whichsoever of you is the laziest shall have the kingdom.”

    Household Tales

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