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Chap joins new church for this reason (5)

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I believe the answer is:

hence

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Here is my best explanation:

'for this reason' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'chap joins new church' is the wordplay.
'chap' becomes 'he' (**).
'joins' says to put letters next to each other.
'new' becomes 'n'.
'church' becomes 'ce' (abbreviation for Church of England).
'he'+'n'+'ce'='HENCE'

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(Other definitions for hence that I've seen before include "As a result", "From now; thus", "It follows from that fact", "In the future; begone!", "For this reason; in the future", "This is why", "As a consequence", "From this place or time", "Thus" and "Therefore, consequently".)

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