This comes from Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity By Andrew Bennett:

Let us conclude with the dignity and excellency of knowledge and learning in that whereunto man's nature doth most aspire; which is immortality or continuance; for to this tendeth generation, and raising of houses and families; to this tend buildings, foundations, and monuments; to this tendeth the desire of memory, fame, and celebration; and in effect, the strength of all other human desires'.

I find it weird that "whereunto" means the same thing as "in which" since I rarely hear "whereto" being used nowadays, and the words taken separately don't mean anything similar.


You may carefully compare and contrast the meanings in various dictionaries and then consider if the question remains.


(archaic or formal, interrogative) unto what; to what purpose
(archaic or formal) unto which


Archaic . whereto.

Archaic . to what or what place or end.
to which.



to what place, purpose, or end
to which


Are "whereunto", "in which" and "whereto" all synonymous?

Almost. "whereunto", "to which" and "whereto" are synonymous.

I rarely hear "whereto"

It is archaic.

the words taken separately don't mean anything similar.

"to where" and "to which" don't mean anything similar? They appear a bit similar, if not exactly so.

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