first cause

noun

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: the self-created ultimate source of all being

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The first caused heavy snow in the Midwest, tornadoes in the Southeast and torrential rain in the Northeast. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "From freezing to triple digits in 10 hours, these states just went on a wild weather ride," 18 Apr. 2018 But what caused those initial high melt rates, which first caused the waters to stratify? Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Antarctic Glaciers Are Helping Drive Their Own Melt," 20 Apr. 2018 The paternity claims first caused a frenzy in November 2017 when Tyga seemingly claimed to be the father of the child. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Travis Scott Plays with Daughter Stormi in Kylie Jenner's Adorable Easter Snapchats," 2 Apr. 2018 The Barros affair first caused shockwaves in January 2015 when Francis appointed him bishop of Osorno, Chile, over the objections of the leadership of Chile’s bishops’ conference and many local priests and laity. Time, "Pope Francis' Advisors Say He Knew About Sexual Abuse by a Chilean Reverend," 5 Feb. 2018 Facebook has been known to make changes to News Feed that at first cause discord with its user base. Natalie Jarvey, Billboard, "Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Prioritize Personal Relationships," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of first cause

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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