to say that something happened because of someone or something else (give credit or blame)
to say that an idea or quotation came from a specified source
In conversation with Rogojin he had attributed this sensation to pity—immeasurable pity, and this was the truth.
"Oh, undoubtedly, this person wished somehow, and for some reason, to do Evgenie Pavlovitch a bad turn, by attributing to him—before witnesses—qualities which he neither has nor can have," replied Prince S. drily enough.
You don’t seem to believe in people as you did, and are always attributing motives and so on—am I using the word ’sceptic’ in its proper sense?"
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The sight of this pre-eminently national attribute was enough to convince anybody, without words, that it was a serious matter for those who should happen to come into contact with it.
ALL three of the Miss Epanchins were fine, healthy girls, well-grown, with good shoulders and busts, and strong—almost masculine—hands; and, of course, with all the above attributes, they enjoyed capital appetites, of which they were not in the least ashamed.
Rogojin attributes her strangeness to other causes, to passion!
She is sure of your love; but besides that, she must attribute SOMETHING else to you—some good qualities, otherwise the thing would not be.
In reality the devil is a great and terrible spirit, with neither hoofs, nor tail, nor horns; it is you who have endowed him with these attributes!
We degrade God when we attribute our own ideas to Him, out of annoyance that we cannot fathom His ways.
The prince was taken aback by the suddenness of this last reply, and did not know to what he should attribute it.
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