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ascribe Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb attribute or credit to
    impute; assign; attribute.
    • We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare
    • People impute great cleverness to cats
WordNet

As*cribe" transitive verb
Etymology
L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See Scribe.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Ascribed present participle & verbal noun Ascribing
Definitions
  1. 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. Addison.
  2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong. Syn. -- To Ascribe, Attribute, Impute. Attribute denotes, 1. To refer some quality or attribute to a being; as, to attribute power to God. 2. To refer something to its cause or source; as, to attribute a backward spring to icebergs off the coast. Ascribe is used equally in both these senses, but involves a different image. To impute usually denotes to ascribe something doubtful or wrong, and hence, in general literature, has commonly a bad sense; as, to impute unworthy motives. The theological sense of impute is not here taken into view.
    More than good-will to me attribute naught. Spenser.
    Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit. Pope.
    And fairly quit him of the imputed blame. Spenser.

Webster 1913


"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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