from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To attribute to a specified cause, source, or origin: "Other people ascribe his exclusion from the canon to an unsubtle form of racism” ( Daniel Pinchbeck). See Synonyms at attribute.
- transitive v. To assign as a quality or characteristic: was quick to ascribe jealousy to her critics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To attribute a cause or characteristic to someone or something.
- v. To attribute a book, painting or any work of art or literature to a writer or creator.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause
- transitive v. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To add in writing; append (one's name) to a document, etc.; subscribe.
- To inscribe or dedicate.
- To enroll or register.
- To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause or source; assign; set down: as, losses are often to be ascribed to imprudence.
- To attribute, as a quality or an appurtenance; consider or allege to belong.
- Synonyms Attribute, Refer, etc. See attribute.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. attribute or credit to
Do you as a Born Again ascribe to the “scriptures” that the sons of Ham are cursed with black skin?
What he means by that is when some work or action is ascribed to someone the word ascribe is chosen because we are happy about whatever the story entails.
David asked about the word ascribe which literally means "to write."
Despite my increasingly regrettable jest, I'm actually aware that people are rarely hold the cartoonish views that single-word labels ascribe to them.
But both terms ascribe a kind of grandeur to the Bush proposal that it lacks.
And I'm just telling you, I did my duty, and it's politics, you know, to kind of ascribe all kinds of motives to me.
Give -- or, "ascribe" (De 32: 3). mighty -- or, "sons of the mighty" (Ps 89: 6).
Give -- or, "ascribe" (Ps 29: 1) due honor to Him, by acts of appointed and solemn worship in His house.
This may seem strange to such as ascribe to God the apathy of the Stoics, or who believe only in the cold, iron necessity of an immanent spirit of nature; but to none who believe in a personal, self-conscious Deity, a
With hindsight, it's easy to ascribe which is which.