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Why, adv. wherefore; interrogatively and relatively; f. i. Ven. 96. Ven. 96 Ven. 96 Ven. 96 Ven. 96 Ven. 96 Lucr. 1224. Lucr. 1224 Tp. I, 2, 444. II, 1, 200. II, 1, 200 III, 3, 94. IV, 82. Gent. I, 2, 72. II, 3, 38. IV, 2, 27. Wiv. II, 1, 4. Err. I, 1, 30. II, 2, 45 “(every why hath a wherefore).” Mids. III, 2, 43. R3 IV, 4, 19. V, 3, 185. Lr. III, 6, 30 (== for which reason; therefore a comma after speak). IV, 6, 33 “(why I do trifle thus with his despair, is done to cure it).” Oth. III, 3, 176 (why, why is this? thinkest thou I'ld make a life of jealousy? == wherefore do you tell me this?). Ant. IV, 14, 89 (the thing why thou hast drawn it) etc.
Why so? == wherefore, for what reason: “puppet? why so? ay, that way goes the game,” Mids. III, 2, 289. “I love you better. And why so, my lord?” Wint. II, 1, 7. Cymb. I, 1, 15.
For why == because, for: “sorts a sad look to her lady's sorrow, for why her face wore sorrow's livery,” Lucr. 1222. “I weep for thee and yet no cause I have, for why thou left'st me nothing in thy will; and yet thou left'st me more than I did crave, for why I craved nothing of thee still,” Pilgr. 138. Pilgr. 138 “sorrow changed to solace, solace mixed with sorrow, for why she sighed and bade me come to-morrow,” Pilgr. 138 “if she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone, for why the fools are mad, if left alone,” Gent. III, 1, 99. “trembled and shook, for why he stamped and swore,” Shr. III, 2, 169. “then must my earth with her continual tears become a deluge . . ., for why my bowels cannot hide her woes, but like a drunkard must I vomit them,” Tit. III, 1, 231. Peculiar passages: “the rites for why I love him are bereft me,” Oth. I, 3, 258 (== why alone. But Qq for which). “send the hearers weeping to their beds, for why the senseless brands will sympathize . . . and in compassion weep the fire out,” R2 V, 1, 46 (Qq for why, the etc. Ff for why? Perhaps why is here the interjection, intimating that something is to be added by way of amplification; cf. Gent. II, 3, 13).
Why that, see sub That. Why either, see Either.
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