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Definition of Ascribe


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

Ascribe Quotations

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.

Since we can produce all types of light by means of hot bodies, we can ascribe, to the radiation in thermal equilibrium with hot bodies, the temperature of these bodies, and thus every radiation, even that issuing from a phosphorescent body, has a certain temperature for every colour.
Wilhelm Wien

I'm not saying that atheists can't act morally or have moral knowledge. But when I ascribe virtue to an atheist, it's as a theist who sees the atheist as conforming to objective moral values. The atheist, by contrast, has no such basis for morality. And yet all moral judgments require a basis for morality, some standard of right and wrong.
William A. Dembski

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
Joseph Campbell

The split between religion and science is relatively new. Isaac Newton, who first worked out the laws by which gravity held the planets and even the stars in their traces, was sufficiently impressed by the scale and regularity of the universe to ascribe it all to God.
Seth Shostak
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Ascribe Translations

ascribe in German is beimessen, zuschreiben
ascribe in Italian is attribuire
ascribe in Norwegian is tilskrive
ascribe in Spanish is atribuir
ascribe in Swedish is tillskriva
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