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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations
Section VIII. Causation
1. Constancy of Sequence in Events

153. [Constant Antecedent.] Cause.

   NOUN:CAUSE, origin, source, principle, element; prime mover, primum mobile [L.], primordium [rare]; vera causa [L.], ultimate cause, Great First Cause; author (producer) [See Producer]; mainspring, agent; leaven; groundwork, foundation (support) [See Support].
  SPRING, fountain, well, font; fountainhead, springhead, reservoir, headspring, wellspring, wellhead; fons et origo [L.], genesis; descent (paternity) [See Paternity]; remote cause; influence.
  PIVOT, hinge, turning point, lever; key; heart, nucleus, hub, focus; proximate cause, causa causans [L.]; last straw that breaks the camel’s back.
  REASON, reason why; ground; why and wherefore [colloq.], rationale, occasion, derivation; final cause (intention) [See Intention]; les dessous des cartes [F.]; under-currents.
  RUDIMENT, egg, germ, embryo, fetus or fœtus, bud, root, radix, radical, radication [rare], etymon, nucleus, seed, stem, stock, stirps, trunk, taproot, gemma, gemmule, radicle, semen, sperm.
  NEST, cradle, nursery, womb, nidus, birthplace, breeding-place, hotbed.;
  CAUSALITY, causation; origination; causative; production [See Production].
   VERB:BE THE CAUSE OF &c. n.; originate; give origin to, give rise to, give occasion to; cause, occasion, sow the seeds of, kindle, suscitate [obs.]; bring on, bring to pass, bring about; produce; create [See Production]; set up, set afloat, set on foot; found, broach, institute, lay the foundation of; lie at the root of.
  PROCURE, induce, draw down, open the door to, superinduce, evoke, entail, operate; elicit, provoke.
  CONTRIBUTE; conduce to &c. (tend to) [See Tendency]; have a hand in; have a finger in the pie [colloq.]; determine, decide, turn the scale, have the deciding vote, have the final word; have a common origin; derive its origin (effect) [See Effect].
   ADJECTIVE:CAUSED &c. v.; causal, ætiological or etiological, original; primary, primitive, primordial; aboriginal; originative, generative, inceptive, productive, creative, constitutive, procreative, formative, demiurgic, protogenic, protogenal; radical; in embryo, embryonic, embryotic; in ovo [L.]; seminal, germinal; at the bottom of; connate, having a common origin.
   ADVERB:FROM THE BEGINNING, in the first place, before everything; because [See Attribution]; behind the scenes.
  1. Causa latet vis est notissima.—Ovid
  2. Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.—Vergil
  3. Gentlemen, who made all that?—Bonaparte