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attribute
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The Fountainhead
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as in: I attribute it to... Define
to credit (a source for something) -- such as:
  • 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

  • Pink marble is caused by the presence of manganese oxides, gray marble is due to carbonaceous matter, yellow marble is attributed to a hydrous oxide of iron.

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  • She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
  • She attributes her success to hard work.

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unspecified meaning
  • His victims had a single attribute in common: their immaculate integrity.
  • It was a chronic attribute, pervading his entire person.

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  • But the mind is an attribute of the individual.
  • A face remote and quiet, with a dignity of its own, not a living attribute, but the dignity of a figure on a medieval tomb that speaks of past greatness and forbids a hand to reach out for the remains.
  • From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from a single attribute of man—the function of his reasoning mind.
  • The room was not exactly modern, not quite Colonial and just a little short of French Empire; the furnishings presented straight planes and swan-neck supports, black mirrors and electric hurricane lamps, chromium and tapestry; there was unity in a single attribute: in the expensiveness of everything.

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as in: It is an attribute of... Define
a characteristic (of something or someone)
as in: I attribute it to... Define
to credit (a source for something) -- such as:
  • 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

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