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1. The act of ascribing.
2. A statement that ascribes.

[Latin ascrīptiō, ascrīptiōn-, addendum, from ascrīptus, past participle of ascrībere, to ascribe; see ascribe.]

as·crip′tive adj.


(əˈskrɪpʃən) or


1. the act of ascribing
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a statement ascribing something to someone, esp praise to God
[C16: from Latin ascrīptiō, from ascrībere to ascribe]


(əˈskrɪp ʃən)

1. the act of ascribing.
2. a statement ascribing something, esp. praise to the Deity.
[1590–1600; < Latin ascrīptiō a written addition. See ascribe, -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ascription - assigning some quality or character to a person or thing; "the attribution of language to birds"; "the ascription to me of honors I had not earned"
categorisation, categorization, sorting, classification - the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
zoomorphism - the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god
2.ascription - assigning to a cause or source; "the attribution of lighting to an expression of God's wrath"; "he questioned the attribution of the painting to Picasso"
categorisation, categorization, sorting, classification - the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
animatism - the attribution of consciousness and personality to natural phenomena such as thunderstorms and earthquakes and to objects such as plants and stones
imputation - the attribution to a source or cause; "the imputation that my success was due to nepotism meant that I was not taken seriously"
externalisation, externalization - attributing to outside causes


The act of attributing:


[əˈskrɪpʃən] Natribución f


nZuschreibung f; difficulties arising from the ascription of emotions to animalsSchwierigkeiten, die sich ergeben, wenn man Tieren Gefühle zuschreibt
References in classic literature ?
Never can love make consciousness and ascription equal in force.
Other examples of destructive, media-backed idioms, Williams suggests, include the dubbing of Lani Guinier as "Quota Queen," with all its tired associations and ascription of evil intent, and the present interpretation of "Affirmative Action" as reverse discrimination rather than restorative inclusion.
What kind of semantics for property ascription in quantum mechanics could possibly falsify property intersection in the case [Delta] [intersection] [Delta][prime] [not equal to] [null set]?
More specifically, there are four key orientations that drive and shape it: competition, mastery, completion and ascription.
Commitment of ascription of means as detailed in point 14.
However, that sense of otherness is just another ascription created in our experiential worlds of consciousness.
On this account, when we utter any attitude ascription that contains an explicit question, an indirect question, or a concealed question, we say that some subject (the purported bearer of that attitude) stands in the relevant relation to a question.
An issue not usually addressed but of equal universality, on the other hand, is the assertion that the human trait of love has, like violence, been consistently abrogated and tainted throughout history, and yet, its ascription as a divine predicate rarely evokes similar concern.
Value-Belief-Norm Theory, as an inclusion of values, environmental beliefs (awareness of consequences, ascription of responsibility, the New Environmental Paradigm), and personal norms, emerged from value theory (Schwartz, 1994; Stem and Dietz, 1994), the New Environmental Paradigm (NEP), and Norm-Activation Model (NAM).
Simply put, we Catholics wholly admit the ascription of our being sinners.
Further complicating the ascription of the attack to any one body, The Revolutionary Punishment also claimed responsibility for the explosion.