/ahr"geuhl/, n. Chem.
/ahr"geuhl/, n.
/ahr"geuhl/, conj., adv. Literary.
therefore: used facetiously to indicate that the reasoning that had gone before or the conclusion that follows is specious or absurd.
[1595-1605; prob. repr. a popular early mod. E pron. of L ergo ERGO, with er > ar, laxing of o, and excrescent l]

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