As·cribe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ascribed p. pr. & vb. n. Ascribing.]
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.
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.
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.
v : attribute or credit to; "We attributed this quotation to
Shakespeare"; "People impute great cleverness to cats"
[syn: impute, assign, attribute]