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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Because  \Be*cause"\,  conj.  [OE.  bycause  by  +  cause.] 
  1.  By  or  for  the  cause  that  on  this  account  that  for  the 
  reason  that  --Milton. 
  2.  In  order  that  that  [Obs.] 
  And  the  multitude  rebuked  them  because  they  should 
  hold  their  peace.  --Matt.  xx 
  {Because  of},  by  reason  of  on  account  of  [Prep.  phrase.] 
  Because  of  these  things  cometh  the  wrath  of  God  upon 
  the  children  of  disobedience.  --Eph.  v.  6. 
  Syn:  {Because},  {For},  {Since},  {As},  {Inasmuch  As}. 
  Usage:  These  particles  are  used  in  certain  connections,  to 
  assign  the  reason  of  a  thing  or  that  ``on  account 
  of''  which  it  is  or  takes  place  Because  (by  cause)  is 
  the  strongest  and  most  emphatic;  as  I  hid  myself 
  because  I  was  afraid.  For  is  not  quite  so  strong;  as 
  in  Shakespeare,  ``I  hate  him  for  he  is  a  Christian.'' 
  Since  is  less  formal  and  more  incidental  than  because 
  as  I  will  do  it  since  you  request  me  It  more 
  commonly  begins  a  sentence;  as  Since  your  decision  is 
  made  I  will  say  no  more  As  is  still  more  incidental 
  than  since,  and  points  to  some  existing  fact  by  way  of 
  assigning  a  reason.  Thus  we  say  as  I  knew  him  to  be 
  out  of  town,  I  did  not  call  Inasmuch  as  seems  to 
  carry  with  it  a  kind  of  qualification  which  does  not 
  belong  to  the  rest.  Thus  if  we  say  I  am  ready  to 
  accept  your  proposal,  inasmuch  as  I  believe  it  is  the 
  best  you  can  offer,  we  mean  it  is  only  with  this 
  understanding  that  we  can  accept  it