American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- conj. On which.
- conj. In close consequence of which: The instructor entered the room, whereupon we got to our feet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Upon what place, ground, cause, etc.? whereon?
- Upon which or whom; whereon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Upon which; in consequence of which; after which.
“The said Cullen went to the said Shortall but he would not let her in whereupon she got lodgings to a Hannah Gaffney.”
“I read LORD OF THE FIRE LANDS today and y'all were right; it's a perfectly adequate mid-list fantasy novel, just badly constructed, what with that 200 page expository lump that starts abotu page 50, right when things were getting interesting, and it goes on like that, telling three generations of backstory before catching up to the present again whereupon the novel became interesting once more.”
“Finding she had no Saesneg I repeated the question in Welsh, whereupon she told me that it was called Pentre Voelas.”
“I said a few words to her in Welsh, whereupon in broken English she asked me to enter the cottage and take a glass of milk.”
“I shook my head and replied in English, whereupon she shook her head with a look of perplexity.”
“Mary repeated the question in German whereupon the woman brightened up considerably.”
“Enter!" responded a voice in Spanish, whereupon George, gently pushing his guide aside and beckoning the two soldiers to follow him, threw open the door and passed into the apartment.”
“Scotland; but when nothing would dissuade the king from his resolution, it was done; for the king performed every thing that could have been required of him; upon which Mr. Livingston observed, that it seems to have been the guilt not only of commissioners, but of the whole kingdom, yea of the church also, who knew the terms whereupon he was to be admitted to his government; and yet without any evidence of a real change upon his heart, and without forsaking former principles, counsels and company.”
“For the third time I spoke to him in Welsh, whereupon looking at me with a grin of savage contempt, and showing a set of teeth like those of a mastiff, he said, “How’s this? why you haven’t a word of English?”
“Naturally, I accosted him in English, whereupon the shape of my former interlocutor rose up from behind a screen and remarked, "By Jove, I thought you were Spanish, don't you know? and have been talking to you all this time in Spanish.”
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