because

[14] Because originated in the phrase by cause, which was directly modelled on French par cause. At first it was always followed by of or by a subordinate clause introduced by that or why: ‘The Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified’, St John’s Gospel, 7:39, 1611. But already by the end of the 14th century that and why were beginning to be omitted, leaving because to function as a conjunction, a move which would perhaps have exercised contemporary linguistic purists as much as ‘The reason is because …’ does today. The abbreviated form ’cause first appears in print in the 16th century. => CAUSE

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Because — Chanson par The Beatles extrait de l’album Abbey Road Sortie 26 septembre 1969 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Because — The Beatles Veröffentlichung 26. September 1969 Länge 2:45 Genre(s) Popsong Autor(en) Lennon/McCartney …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • because — ou bicause [ bikoz ] conj. et prép. • 1928; angl. because « parce que » ♦ Fam. Parce que; à cause de. « Dominique lui tint pendant quelque temps compagnie puis finit par l abandonner bicause l arrivée de nouveaux invités » (Queneau). ● because… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Because — Be*cause , conj. [OE. bycause; by + cause.] 1. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. In order that; that. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And the multitude rebuked them because they should hold their …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Because of — Because Be*cause , conj. [OE. bycause; by + cause.] 1. By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. In order that; that. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And the multitude rebuked them because they should… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Because — is often used in connection with causality. The mathematical symbol for because is (∵) This is Unicode character U+2235.Artistic works entitled Because: * Because (Perry Como song) * Because (The Beatles song) * Because , a song by the Dave Clark …   Wikipedia

  • because — because, for, since, as, inasmuch as are the chief causal conjunctions in English. Because assigns a cause or reason immediately and explicitly; as, I hid myself, because [=for the express reason that, or as caused to do so by the fact that] I… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Because — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Because» Canción de The Beatles Álbum Abbey Road Publicación 26 de septiembre de 1969 …   Wikipedia Español

  • because — ► CONJUNCTION ▪ for the reason that; since. ● because of Cf. ↑because of USAGE On starting a sentence with because, see the note at AND(Cf. ↑and). ORIGIN from the phrase by c …   English terms dictionary

  • because of — (something) as a result of something. The flight was delayed because of bad weather …   New idioms dictionary

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