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Monday, December 2, 2013

Alternatives for Cause

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.

Today's word is:

Whatever your cause, whether it's helping those in need or writing, you may be surprised by the number of options you have.

Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

accomplish, account, achieve, act, action, activity, advance, agent, agency, aid, aim, alms, alpha and omega, ambition, antecedent, aspiration, attempt, author

base, basis, be all and end all, bear, beget, begin/beginning, belief, be productive, bind, breed, bring, bring about, bring forth, bring into being, bring on, bring to effect, bring to fruition, bring to pass

call, call forth, call up, calling, campaign, case, catalyst/catalyze, cause in court, cause to, causality/causation, charitable/charity, class action, collection box, committal, commitment, community chest, community service, compel, conceive, concern, consideration, conduce (to), constrain, contribute (to), contributor, conviction, court, court-martial, create, creator, crusade, culprit, cultivate,

decide, determine, determinant, develop, dispute, dissent, do/doer, donate, draw on, drive

effect, effectuate, element, elicit, enact, encourage, end, enforce, engender, engineer, enkindle, enterprise, establish, evoke, execute, excuse, explanation

factor, faith, father, force, forward, foster, found, foundation, fountainhead, further

generate, generator, genesis, gestate, get up, give birth to, give occasion to, give origin to, give rise to, goad, goal, good reason, great cause, ground(s), guiding light, guiding star

hatch, have

ideal, impel, impetus, impulse, inaugurate, incentive, incite/incitement, induce/inducement, industrialize,  influence, initiate, innovate, inspire/inspiration, instigation, institute, intention, interest, introduce, invoke, issue

judicial process, justification

launch, lawsuit, lead to, leaven, legal action, legal case, legal proceedings, legal process, legal remedy, lifework, litigation, lodestar

mainspring, make/maker, mass movement, mass-produce, material basis, matter, mission, mother, motivate, motivation, motive, movement, muster up

need, necessity, nourish, nurture

object, objective, obligation, occasion, origin, originate, originator, overproduce

perform, pioneer, precipitate, pretext, prime mover, principle, proceedings, produce/producer, promote, prompt, prosecution, provoke, purpose

realize, reason, reason for being, render, restrain, result in, right, root

sake, score, secure, set, set afloat, set on foot, set up, sire, source, spawn, spring, start, stimulation/stimulus, substance, suit, suit at law, summon up

the why and the wherefore, tie, translate (into), trigger, turn out

ulterior motive, undertaking, use force upon

vocation, volume-produce

warrant, work, work up


We are all familiar with cause and effect. But is it real? Is there truly such as thing as cause and effect or is it all illusion?

What do you think?


  1. These are better than any Thesaurus, Bish!

  2. Cause and effect - oh! And there's the word effect.

  3. Quite a list!!

    And such a weighty question. But here's my simple answer: Yes. :-)

  4. What an amazing list of words! Whew! I don't actually use cause in my writing, so I guess I must be doing something right.

  5. I always love this feature and the excellent alternatives you give us for worn out words. :)

  6. Hi, Bish. Great list. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together.

  7. Hi Bish .. these lists are great and as Alex says - as good as a thesaurus ...

    Thanks for writing them up .. cheers Hilary


  8. hi Sweetie! Are we not fond of the saying/quote, "Be still and know that I am God" HA
    Entanglement is a tricky subject and only part of what is. Calling what is, The Absolute can only be half of the answer. The other half is in our hearts.



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