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attribute
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Gone with the Wind
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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

  • Frank, Pitty and the servants bore her outbursts with maddening kindness, attributing her bad disposition to her pregnancy, never realizing the true cause.
  • She felt puzzled and a little ashamed, as always when people attributed to her emotions and motives they possessed and thought she shared.

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  • As usual when confronted by Melanie’s habit of attributing worthy motives where no worth existed, Scarlett was ashamed and irritated, and suddenly she could not meet either Ashley’s or Melanie’s eyes.

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

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  • The other was his wife, and he could only attribute her to the mysterious kindness of God.
  • "Mystical Rose"—they were beautiful because they were the attributes of Ellen.

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  • The Litany of the Virgin was beginning, and obediently Scarlett responded: "Pray for us," as Ellen praised in soft contralto the attributes of the Mother of God.

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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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