Ascribe As*cribe", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ascribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ascribing}.] [L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See {Scribe}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the whole poem. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To {Ascribe}, {Attribute}, {Impute}.

Usage: 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. [1913 Webster]

More than good-will to me attribute naught. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

And fairly quit him of the imputed blame. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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