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ascription (usually uncountable, plural ascriptions)

  1. The act, or an instance, of ascribing a quality, characteristic, quotation, artistic work, or other thing to someone or something.
    • 1846, Lydia Sigourney, Voice of Flowers, The Winter Hyacinth, page 7:
      And was thy breath
      A pure and sweet ascription to His praise?
    • 2001, David L. Lieber, Jules Harlow, Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary:
      Since antiquity, Jewish tradition has softened the image by interpreting the word [zonah] as "innkeeper," one who "provides food" (/zun/). There is no reason, however, to doubt the ascription of harlotry.
  2. (sociology) The stratification of people according to inborn characteristics (such as race or sex) outside of their control.


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