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as in: It is an attribute of... Define
a characteristic (of something or someone)
  • She described his physical attributes.
  • The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.

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  • Flexibility of mind, a disposition easily biased by others, is an attribute which you know I am not very desirous of obtaining
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan
  • A key attribute of amphibians is that they use gills prior to metamorphosing to use lungs.
  • Atticus did not drive a dump-truck for the county, he was not the sheriff, he did not farm, work in a garage, or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone. Besides that, he wore glasses. ...  With these attributes, however, he would not remain as inconspicuous as we wished him to: that year, the school buzzed with talk about him defending Tom Robinson, none of which was complimentary.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
    The attribute to awe and majesty,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • We became hard, suspicious, pitiless, vicious, tough—and that was good; for these attributes were just what we lacked.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • But they did learn what attributes of their writing were seized upon as childish and immature.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • "The fourth essential attribute," the Chief Elder said, "is wisdom."
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Patience had never been one of her strongest attributes.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook

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  • His primary attribute, as far as I could tell, was that he had a really nice car.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • The concept of unity, in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force, in which good and evil are relative, ever-changing, and always joined to the same phenomenon—such a concept is still reserved to the physical sciences and to the few who have grasped the history of ideas.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • AN ATTRIBUTE OF ROSA HUBERMANN:  She was a good woman for a crisis.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • There was no other attribute that so much impressed her with a sense of new and untransmitted vigour in Pearl’s nature, as this never failing vivacity of spirits:
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • For all that, it has never been my position that good accent and command of language are not attractive attributes, and I always considered it my duty to develop them as best I could.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • observer might easily have overlooked the merely physical attributes and have seen only this wonderful energy.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • One of Sukeena’s many wonderful attributes is her ability to remain calm and consistent.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Fairness is a wonderful attribute, Major Anderson.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The next attribute, as I’ve mentioned, was the mayor’s library.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • For the book thief, the summer of that year was simple. It consisted of four main elements, or attributes.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • mein kampf featuring: the way home—a broken woman—a struggler— a juggler—the attributes of summer— an aryan shopkeeper—a snorer—two tricksters— and revenge in the shape of mixed candy C#17 THE WAY HOME Mein Kampf.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Sometimes we worry that the one assigned might not develop, through training, every attribute necessary.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
    It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
    It is an attribute to God himself;
    And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
    When mercy seasons justice.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
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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

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

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  • Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
    Hanlon’s Razor
  • Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • To what, commander, do you attribute your remarkable success?
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Great floods and rains had swollen the waters that flowed east; and there had been an earthquake or two (which some were inclined to attribute to the dragon)...
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • It can be something you made up for yourself or something you’ve read somewhere that means something to you. (If so, don’t forget the attribution, please!)
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Much of the marble coldness of Hester’s impression was to be attributed to the circumstance that her life had turned, in a great measure, from passion and feeling to thought.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The fact that I am now ... at the mercy of Mr and Mrs Taylor’s generosity on this night, is attributable to one foolish, infuriatingly simple oversight:
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • A fragrance was diffused from it which Giovanni recognized as identical with that which he had attributed to Beatrice’s breath,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter

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  • Sukeena’s recovery impresses me greatly, and I attribute that recovery in no small part to both her herbs and my prayer.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Was he really a coward, as his son had so brutally pointed out? Certainly, in World War I, he considered himself one. He attributed his survival to it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The plastering had here, in great measure, resisted the action of the fire—a fact which I attributed to its having been recently spread.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • As usual, he didn’t ask about my day, preferring to work in silence. Yesterday I’d attributed it to the fact that we were strangers; today I understood that there was a possibility we always would be.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • If I’d been paying more attention, maybe I would have seen what was happening. As it was, though, I just attributed it to us all getting used to one another, and figured everything would work out eventually-at least until that night in early July.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Giving him the benefit of the doubt, we attributed this behavior to shock.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I explained to him that I nearly died because of his temper and attributed my finding a hiding place to you.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • "It’s attributed to Pablo Picasso, and as most of you probably realize, he’s the only non-American artist whose work will be featured in today’s auction.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Families, teachers, and courts were sending thousands to institutions for eccentricities that were less attributable to acute mental illness than resistance to social, cultural, or sexual norms.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He attributed this to the fact that Gabby had worked hard to create a home that made people feel comfortable as soon as the door was opened.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Whenever and wherever men have engaged in the mindless slaughter of animals (including other men), they have often attempted to justify their acts by attributing the most vicious or revolting qualities to those they would destroy; and the less reason there is for the slaughter, the greater the campaign of vilification.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Though I attributed it more to the laws of probability than from any human kindness.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Even the town had another name, Bedleyville (this my attribution), which was changed sometime in the early 1970s because the town board decided it wasn’t affluent-sounding enough.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I attributed it to the sadness of our leaving, but I was wrong.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • She attributed her success to sleep, good food and muscular control.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • [To this] fact, as much to the wind or the drought, is to be attributed the so rapid spread of the flames as to place them beyond all control or power of mastery.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The smiling, mischievous Prophet I knew in class did not seem capable of the violence attributed to him by his peers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • More typical than such humanitarian concerns, however, was a contempt for southern ignorance and backwardness, which many Yankee soldiers attributed to slavery.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • On the other hand, Sophie attributed the convergence of their paths simply to the failure of chiropractic medicine.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Whatever they were, the slowness of my breathing did not seem to be attributable only to the power of Geilie’s suggestion.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Fewer than a dozen works accurately attributed to him.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • No attribution.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I had attributed her misery to the morphling withdrawal.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "The mass exodus of the children of Abnegation leaders cannot be ignored or attributed to coincidence," he reads.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Perhaps some of the merchants were a little generous in their trades, but I always attributed that to their long-standing relationship with my father.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Albert attributed to Franz’s absence the extreme kindness of the fair peasant in raising her mask.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • That spring a new disease broke out among the soldiers, a swelling of the arms, legs, and face, which the doctors attributed to eating this root.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • To find a documented poisoning attributable to wild sweet pea, I had to go all the way back to the nineteenth-century annals of Arctic exploration.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • To a musket that broke in a crisis he always attributed the death of his only brother, and upon worthless blankets he blamed all the agonies of his own old age.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • 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.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He attributed it, I believe, to a political cause.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I have often attributed my attachment to, my passionate enthusiasm for, the dangerous mysteries of ocean to that production of the most imaginative of modern poets.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Something, he supposed, might be attributed to his connection with them, but yet he had never met with so much attention in the whole course of his life.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The rising and setting of the sun was once attributed to Helios and a flaming chariot.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • For they attributed to the king of old all their essential laws; and usually they kept the laws of free will, because they were The Rules (as they said), both ancient and just.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A lot of the magic attributed to the People is just superstition.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • All the sentiments as well as all the memories which one might have attributed to him had disappeared.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Justice, too, obliges the author to state that the fairness of mind and generosity attributed to St. Clare are not without a parallel, as the following anecdote will show.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • It had had plenty of room to expand, thanks to the spare diet of the establishment; and perhaps to this circumstance may be attributed his having any ninth birth-day at all.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Nor was it due to the mysterious interpretations attributed her by many art historians and conspiracy buffs.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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  • When I came along with the same attributes, she was naturally drawn to me.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • Olmsted valued plants, trees, and flowers not for their individual attributes but rather as colors and shapes on a palette.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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  • The mayor then told the gathered crowd of my attributes, slyly mentioning that I was very intelligent and attractive for a Five.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • One attribute made this house a palace on Yamacraw.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • When I command troops, I can share whatever attributes I have—strength, courage, endurance—multiplied by the size of my forces.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • She loved to tell the story of how Dad made her pick out four brand-new pianos, each with various attributes, after they were married.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • You know, everyone seems to attribute the harder sound to the fact that Gus Allen produced Collateral Damage.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "The Thunder" I attribute to a strong baritone and a great deal of stage training at an early age.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • No, I’m running on too fast: I bestow my own attributes over-liberally on him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Heathcliff smiled again, as if it were rather too bold a jest to attribute the paternity of that bear to him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • A thorough, determined dislike of me—a dislike which I cannot but attribute in some measure to jealousy.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • But with a strange kind of tenderness, if he can leave her with such indifference, such carelessness of the future, as you attribute to him.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • In respect of ideality, reverence, wonder, and other such phrenological attributes, it is no worse off than it used to be.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "I beg you will have the goodness to attribute that to me, who have detained her, and to receive my excuses, sir," said I. "Oh, dear!" said he.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • ’The doctors could attribute it to no particular disease,’ said Mrs Nickleby; shedding tears.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She did not attribute guile to any.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • In the carriage, on the way down Fifth Avenue, they talked pointedly of Mrs. Mingott, of her age, her spirit, and all her wonderful attributes.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The other was his wife, and he could only attribute her to the mysterious kindness of God.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • This attribute was common to most of Lily’s set: they had a force of negation which eliminated everything beyond their own range of perception.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • They were half believed to inherit mysterious attributes; the family eye was said to possess strange power.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • DNA evolves over time, like everything else in an organism-hands or feet or any other physical attribute.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • For True and False are attributes of Speech, not of things.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • He walked to and fro in the small room, which seemed then to grow even smaller and unfit to hold his dignity, the attribute of a supreme warrior.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • But animals had other attributes as well.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Men, particularly older men, were willing to pay well for someone with Lola’s attributes.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • She had an attribute which amounted to a disadvantage just now; and it was this that caused Alec d’Urberville’s eyes to rivet themselves upon her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • This he will attribute to an admiration which is not mine.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • It was in this way that the grey cub learned other attributes of his mother than the soft, soothing, tongue.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • But these were his lesser Attributes.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • They saw me take on my Aspect and wield an Attribute.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Our king has lived long enough to make that apparent, but most people attribute it to his own magical abilities.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • So I adopted those attributes for myself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • They would attribute their attitudes to some more obvious, logical cause.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Kessell’s wishy-washiness was actually a favorable attribute from the relic’s perspective.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Her siblings are the same way, and I attribute that to Noah and Allie.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • You cannot think of a single attribute of nonexistence that that law of gravity didn’t have.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Most of the remaining Sumerian poems are either hymns and laments addressed to the gods, or are concerned with their attributes and activities.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • As the world was plastic and fluid in the hands of God, so it is ever to so much of his attributes as we bring to it.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Self-existence is the attribute of the Supreme Cause, and it constitutes the measure of good by the degree in which it enters into all lower forms.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Well, Jup, perhaps you are right; but to what fortunate circumstance am I to attribute the honor of a visit from you to-day?
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • Indeed, he was rather—rather abrupt and strange when he came up to me last night; but as I understand him now, I can attribute that to his gallantry.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Whether to attribute that fact to the distance from White Sage or to the arrival at the water-hole he could not determine.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Ronald Niedermann was without doubt a very talented person who had physical attributes to make him a formidable and feared individual.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • But I was also wearing the discovered attribute, my opposition.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • But another one knew about Heaven and the attributes of the blessed, of which the least is transcendent beauty.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • It is to Grace Marks’ mistreatment at his hands that I attribute her interlude of insanity.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • [He rises and tries to recover some vestige of these attributes].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • I attribute this to our shared belief in another idea, deeply rooted in Jewish tradition.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • It was quite easy for her to attribute her condition to certain dreams she had experienced while her husband was away.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
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