ascribe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ascribe attribute or credit to "We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare","People impute great cleverness to cats"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ascribe To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong. "More than good-will to me attribute naught.""Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit.""And fairly quit him of the imputed blame."
    • Ascribe To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed to a poison; to ascribe an effect to the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author. "The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the whole poem."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ascribe To add in writing; append (one's name) to a document, etc.; subscribe.
    • ascribe To inscribe or dedicate.
    • ascribe To enroll or register.
    • ascribe To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause or source; assign; set down: as, losses are often to be ascribed to imprudence.
    • ascribe To attribute, as a quality or an appurtenance; consider or allege to belong.
    • ascribe Synonyms Attribute, Refer, etc. See attribute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ascribe a-skrīb′ to attribute, impute, or assign
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, which we ascribe to heaven.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Our faith comes in moments... yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad, + scribere, to write: cf. OF. ascrire,. See Scribe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ascribĕre, -scriptumad, to, scrib-ĕre, to write.

Usage

In literature:

For those old tragedies I ascribe to my errors, or if you like to my fate.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Manifold are the virtues ascribed to such a charm!
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
In one corner a considerable quantity of ashes and many evidences of fire, some of which may be ascribed to Apache occupants, was detected.
"Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895" by Jesse Walter Fewkes
Primitive men ascribed all incidents to the agency of men or of ghosts and spirits.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Whatever course they pursued, was justly ascribed to the governor himself.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
This action is not to be ascribed to heat.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
To these causes may be ascribed their decision to withdraw the British force from the island of Yeu.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
We can ascribe no other kind of reality to the material world.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Therefore, he hoped they would ascribe any disability of voice or dejection of look to that, and not to dismay of mind.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
This book is generally ascribed to Samuel.
"A Week of Instruction and Amusement," by Mrs. Harley
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In poetry:

Give to the Lord, ye sons of fame,
Give to {he Lord renown and power,
Ascribe due honors to his name,
And his eternal might adore.
"Psalm 29" by Isaac Watts
Fall on your knees, both morn and night,
Let adoration, pow'r, and might,
Be unto Him ascrib'd alone,
Who gave for us his only Son.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
Thy name, O Christ! be ever blest,
Who dost protect me, whilst I rest —
All glory be ascrib'd to thee,
Who such refreshment givest me.
"Thanks To Christ For Protection And Rest" by Rees Prichard
Lo, every kindred, every tribe,
Assembling round the throne,
The new creation shall ascribe
To sovereign love alone,
To sovereign love alone!
"Almighty Spirit, Now Behold" by James Montgomery
The Arctic giant was too good,—
A foible oft ascribed to giants,
Who foolish trust in little clients,—
He took it,—while we mocking stood.
"Post Festum" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Yes, season’d with your own remarks between,
Inflamed with so much virulence of spleen
That the mild town (to give the devil his due)
Ascribed the whole performance to a Jew.
"Reproof: A Satire." by Tobias Smollett

In news:

Left unclear is whether Ginsburg endorses the eugenic motivation she ascribed to the passage of Roe v Wade or whether she was merely objectively describing it.
A person who has been trained or ascribes to the Montessori Philosophy will have a different reaction to many of the difficulties that mainstream educators or society will have to these same problems.
However, the views they ascribe to us are not our views and the norms they suggest seem to us wrong and dangerous.
China talks a feminist line but stereotypes ascribed to successful women throughout its long history inform otherwise.
Teens and adults who merrily ascribe to the "life is but a dream" school of thought may want to learn how to row, row, row a boat on June 2.
As any Phoenician who's had his brains melted and skin seared by the sun can ascribe, it's hot here for a majority of the year.
For people of faith, and even for many people who don't ascribe to a faith, there are times when it becomes necessary to find spiritual guidance outside.
Charles Murray is concerned about the moral collapse of the white working class and ascribes it to the breakdown of traditional values that began in the 60s.
For a while the media will continue to ascribe riots and other violent upheavals abroad mainly to ethnic and religious conflict.
But whatever you can say about his plan for Social Security, you cannot ascribe it to Ayn Rand .
Those who ascribe to the magic of numbers consider today, 12-12-12, one of the luckiest of their lifetimes.
The News-Times wants to know for a poll we'll print on Nov 21: Do you ascribe to this theory.
But have oft ascribed to inanimate matter the horror of a vacuum, sympathies, antipathies, and other affections of human nature.
It's a cop-out to ascribe the appeal of science fiction and fantasy to escapism.
Those who ascribe to the magic of numbers consider today one of the luckiest of their lifetimes.
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In science:

The choice of ensemble is based on quantum symmetries ascribed to the Hamiltonian H .
Extension of the Ginibre Ensembles of Random Matrices
Therefore, the eigenenergies Zi of quantum system ascribed to Ginibre ensemble are complexvalued random variables.
Extension of the Ginibre Ensembles of Random Matrices
Compared to the original resistivity value and to the reference chamber, a large increase in the plate resistivity for the irradiated RPC can be observed, which can be ascribed to the radiation effect and that accounts for the current drop mentioned above.
First results from an aging test of a prototype RPC for the LHCb Muon System
Moreover, it is an extended object and cannot be unambiguously ascribed an (absolute or relative) position or individual mass.
Close encounters of black holes
The choice of ensemble is based on quantum symmetries ascribed to the hermitean Hamiltonian matrix H .
Quantum fluctuations and random matrix theory
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