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[uh-skrip-shuh n]
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  1. the act of ascribing.
  2. a statement ascribing something, especially praise to the Deity.
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Also ad·scrip·tion [ad-skrip-shuh n] /ædˈskrɪp ʃən/.

Origin of ascription

1590–1600; < Latin ascrīptiōn- (stem of ascrīptiō) a written addition. See a-5, script, -ion
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Related Words for ascription

credit, acknowledgment, recognition, assignment, adscription

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Historical Examples of ascription

  • Never can love make consciousness and ascription equal in force.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • But in the two verses that follow the ascription of holiness, we find the sum of the whole.

    Holy in Christ

    Andrew Murray

  • This unity of God is not in any way derogated from by the ascription to him of attributes.

  • No ascription of divinity to men is found among the Hebrews.

  • But I pay no attention to this ascription of greatness; I laugh at it.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

British Dictionary definitions for ascription


adscription (ədˈskrɪpʃən)

  1. the act of ascribing
  2. a statement ascribing something to someone, esp praise to God
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Word Origin for ascription

C16: from Latin ascrīptiō, from ascrībere to ascribe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ascription


1590s, "action of adding in writing;" c.1600, "attribution of authorship or origin," from Latin ascriptionem (nominative ascriptio) "an addition in writing," noun of action from past participle stem of ascribere (see ascribe).

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