I'm looking for an English word I knew beforehand but now I've forgotten!

The root of the word pertains to the word "cause". It's also a noun that refers to "persons".

Let's look upon it, as an example:

You tell a someone: You're the causer of all of these problems. ("causer" is not the word I'm looking for, but close to it and with the same meaning)

Actually, we use that noun to say the reason for the problems is that person solely, and he is guilty/responsible for all of them.

The synonym names close to it are: Cause, responsible, reason and son on.
Now do you know what word it was, please?

If you mention it, I'll quickly recall it.

  • Have you tried the Oxford Thesaurus? en.oxforddictionaries.com/thesaurus/responsible en.oxforddictionaries.com/thesaurus/culprit
    – RubioRic
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 10:39
  • @RubioRic, Yes, I tried it for those two words plus "cause". I couldn't find the word I'm looking for unfortunately.
    – Abbasi
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 11:12
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    Here are some more thesaurus.com/browse/culprit?s=t
    – RubioRic
    Commented May 19, 2018 at 11:14
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    Maybe you're talking about the word causality? That's the only word I can think of that shares the same root with the word cause and is similar to cause in meaning. On the other hand, causality has nothing to do with people. Or maybe you're talking about the word culprit as RubioRic has mentioned in his comment? Commented May 19, 2018 at 12:06
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    How about source? Commented May 19, 2018 at 12:50

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Typically when people say "You're the x of all of these problems", the x is typically "root"


You're the root of all of these problems.

the source or origin of a thing: The love of money is the root of all evil. (definition 7)

Alternatively, you could be referring to "origin","source", or "mastermind"


The word you may be looking for to call the person who causes all your bad problems is


He is a jinx to us and everyone he meets.

  • "Jinx" has always seemed to me to define someone consistently associated with bad luck. If a sailor has survived three shipwrecks, others may consider him a jinx, but he is not considered to have caused the weather. This may be wrong; I have never quite grasped the "logic" of magic. Commented Nov 2, 2018 at 16:30

One word that fits the bill is "culprit." Other words are "cause" or "source." It is perfectly good English to say "You are the cause of these problems." A phrase that works is "you are to blame."

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