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attribute
used in The Count of Monte Cristo

2 meanings, 18 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
Definition
a characteristic (of something or someone)
  • ...her hair was raven black, but its natural waves seemed somewhat rebellious; her eyes, of the same color as her hair, were surmounted by well-arched brows, whose great defect, however, consisted in an almost habitual frown, while her whole physiognomy wore that expression of firmness and decision so little in accordance with the gentler attributes of her sex—
    Chapters 53-54 (13% in)
attributes = traits (characteristics)
There are no more uses of "attribute" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —17 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
Definition
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
  • Albert attributed to Franz's absence the extreme kindness of the fair peasant in raising her mask.
    Chapters 35-36 (79% in)
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "Sire," said Villefort, "the suddenness of this event must prove to your majesty that the issue is in the hands of Providence; what your majesty is pleased to attribute to me as profound perspicacity is simply owing to chance, and I have profited by that chance, like a good and devoted servant—that's all."
    Chapters 11-12 (25% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • Do not attribute to me more than I deserve, sire, that your majesty may never have occasion to recall the first opinion you have been pleased to form of me.
    Chapters 11-12 (26% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • When he thought the matter over, he could by no means account for this generous conduct on the part of Thomson & French towards him; and could only attribute it to some such selfish argument as this:—"We had better help a man who owes us nearly 300,000 francs, and have those 300,000 francs at the end of three months than hasten his ruin, and get only six or eight per cent of our money back again."
    Chapters 29-30 (45% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • Morrel attributed Penelon's embarrassment to the elegance of his attire; it was evident the good fellow had not gone to such an expense on his own account; he was, no doubt, engaged on board some other vessel, and thus his bashfulness arose from the fact of his not having, if we may so express ourselves, worn mourning for the Pharaon longer.
    Chapters 29-30 (50% in)
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of)
  • "No, excellency, no," returned the steward, with a sort of nervous trembling, which Monte Cristo, a connoisseur in all emotions, rightly attributed to great disquietude.
    Chapters 41-42 (96% in)
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
  • "Indeed," said Maximilian, "I have often been almost tempted to attribute to him the gift of prophecy; at all events, he has a wonderful power of foretelling any future good."
    Chapters 57-58 (30% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • Ah, he is not generous, neither does he possess that supernatural penetration which you attribute to him, for if he did, he would have perceived that I was unhappy; and if he had been generous, seeing me sad and solitary, he would have used his influence to my advantage, and since, as you say, he resembles the sun, he would have warmed my heart with one of his life-giving rays.
    Chapters 57-58 (35% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • Dear Maximilian, why not attribute your escape to my constant prayers for your safety?
    Chapters 57-58 (48% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • Morcerf paused at these words, quietly waiting till the cloud should have dispersed which had gathered on the brow of Danglars, and which he attributed to his silence; but, on the contrary, to his great surprise, it grew darker and darker.
    Chapters 77-78 (64% in)
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
  • The baron might possibly have perceived it, but, attributing it to a caprice, feigned ignorance.
    Chapters 83-84 (58% in)
  • She heard the count's sentence pronounced without betraying an expression of joy or pity; then drawing her veil over her face she bowed majestically to the councillors, and left with that dignified step which Virgil attributes to his goddesses.
    Chapters 85-86 (**% in)
  • attributes = credits (as having)
  • Listen to me, my son has also guessed who you are,—he attributes his father's misfortunes to you.
    Chapters 89-90 (8% in)
  • attributes = credits (a source for something)
  • But to what do you attribute this conduct?
    Chapters 91-92 (79% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • "He replied—he replied, that the death was not a natural one, and must be attributed"— "To what?"
    Chapters 93-94 (59% in)
  • attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
  • You must attribute it only to natural scruples under similar circumstances.
    Chapters 95-96 (70% in)
  • attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
  • The keeper was so stupefied at this scene that he took Andrea by the hands and began examining his person, attributing the sudden submission of the inmates of the Lions' Den to something more substantial than mere fascination.
    Chapters 107-108 (19% in)

There are no more uses of "attribute" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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