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attribute
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
Definition
a characteristic (of something or someone)
  • 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.
    1 — The Maiden (51% in)
  • Tess was the merest stray phenomenon to Angel Clare as yet—a rosy, warming apparition which had only just acquired the attribute of persistence in his consciousness.
    3 — The Rally (56% in)

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2  —1 use 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
  • The luggage was put on the top, and the man drove them off, the miller and the old waiting-woman expressing some surprise at their precipitate departure, which Clare attributed to his discovery that the mill-work was not of the modern kind which he wished to investigate, a statement that was true so far as it went.
    5 — The Woman Pays (32% in)
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
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  • Barren attribute as it was, disastrous as its discovery had been in many ways to her, perhaps Mr Clare, as a gentleman and a student of history, would respect her sufficiently to forget her childish conduct with the lords and ladies if he knew that those Purbeck-marble and alabaster people in Kingsbere Church really represented her own lineal forefathers; that she was no spurious d'Urberville, compounded of money and ambition like those at Trantridge, but true d'Urberville to the bone.
    3 — The Rally (52% in)

There are no more uses of "attribute" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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