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adverb er·go \ˈer-(ˌ)gō, ˈər-\

Definition of ergo



Examples of ergo in a sentence

  1. There's no win-win situation for workers of the world, in the current era at least. American steelworkers here do better, ergo Russian and South Korean steelworkers overseas do worse. —Alexander Cockburn, Nation, 3 Jan. 2000

  2. He that comforts my wife is the cherisher of my flesh and blood; he that cherishes my flesh and blood loves my flesh and blood; he that loves my flesh and blood is my friend; ergo, he that kisses my wife is my friend. —William Shakespeare, All's Well that Ends Well, 1603

  3. The products are poorly constructed; ergo, they break easily.

  4. <according to that line of reasoning, the eyewitness couldn't identify the aircraft, ergo it must have been from another planet>



Origin of ergo

Middle English, from Latin, from Old Latin, because of, from Old Latin *e rogo from the direction (of)


First Known Use: 14th century


ergo-

combining form er·go

Definition of ergo-

  1. :  ergot <ergosterol>



Origin of ergo-

French, from ergot


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