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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
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And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
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On either side several hunks of cardboard on which Jake has written in syllabics the texts for the ascriptions of glory and praise to Jesus Christ at the reading of the Holy Gospel: and the opening sentence of the Aaronic blessing, "The Lord bless you and keep you.
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