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as in:  impute her behavior

Her critics impute a more cynical motive.
  attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)


believe something to have a characteristic; or assign a value to something
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  • Her critics impute a more cynical motive.
  • And not impute this yielding to light love,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • he observed that whatever might have been her errors they were to be imputed to her neglected education and early marriage, and that she was altogether a wonderful woman.
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan
  • The court did not impute fault on either party.

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  • it was charity to impute some of her unbecoming indifference to the languor of illhealth.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The IRS uses a formula to impute tips.
  • I never impute motives
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Have you heard any imputation to the contrary?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • ...But yet, I say,
    If imputation and strong circumstances,
    Which lead directly to the door of truth,
    Will give you satisfaction, you may have’t.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • And not impute this yielding to light love,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet

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  • I have thought up a horrible dream to impute to Hrothgar.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • What he wanted to say was stronger in him when he was alone; and though he imputed to Max the feelings he wanted to grasp, he could not talk of them to Max until he had forgotten Max’s presence.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one’s cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • It was an old wives’ tale of the same category as that in which it was imputed to masturbation such scourges as acne, or warts, or madness.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Finally one cannot impute the nonreceipt of our dispatch of November 18.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "What are you thinking of?" asked the abbe smilingly, imputing the deep abstraction in which his visitor was plunged to the excess of his awe and wonder.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We impute it, therefore, solely to the disease in his own eye and heart that the minister, looking upward to the zenith, beheld there the appearance of an immense letter—the letter A—marked out in lines of dull red light.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The sweetness, the beauty, the witchery of your younger daughter, Colonel Munro, might explain my motives without imputing to me this injustice.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • If Monseigneur will have the goodness to tell me, in the first place, what crimes are imputed to me, I will then tell him the deeds I have really done.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I mean, sir, for his weapon; but in the imputation laid on him by them, in his meed he’s unfellowed.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Breakfast was scarcely over when a servant from Netherfield brought the following note for Elizabeth: "MY DEAREST LIZZY,— "I find myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be imputed to my getting wet through yesterday.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Let us, then, impute to the fatality of things alone these formidable collisions.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • No one having previously heard his history, could for the first time behold Father Mapple without the utmost interest, because there were certain engrafted clerical peculiarities about him, imputable to that adventurous maritime life he had led.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I say, when you began it, it was hard enough; not that I have any fault to find with Doctor Manette, except that he is not worthy of such a daughter, which is no imputation on him, for it was not to be expected that anybody should be, under any circumstances.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Thus, hope and expectation would be kept alive; none would complain of broken promises, but impute their disappointments wholly to fortune, whose shoulders are broader and stronger than those of a ministry.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • As Mr. Gamfield did happen to labour under the slight imputation of having bruised three or four boys to death already, it occurred to him that the board had, perhaps, in some unaccountable freak, taken it into their heads that this extraneous circumstance ought to influence their proceedings.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Powerful help must be found somewhere, or he must relinquish his inheritance and remain under the imputation of being an impostor besides.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Miss Temple, having assembled the whole school, announced that inquiry had been made into the charges alleged against Jane Eyre, and that she was most happy to be able to pronounce her completely cleared from every imputation.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And of all princes, it is impossible for the new prince to avoid the imputation of cruelty, owing to new states being full of dangers.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Of self-consciousness he seemed to have little or none, or about as much as we may reasonably impute to a dog of Saint Bernard’s breed.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "She’s clever, though," said Drouet, casting off any imputation against Carrie’s ability.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • "God’s will be done," said Cedric, in a voice tremulous with passion, which Front-de-Boeuf imputed to fear.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The liquor, if it really possessed such virtues as Dr. Heidegger imputed to it, could not have been bestowed on four human beings who needed it more wofully.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
  • ’Certainly it ought not,’ said I. ’I am glad you think so, Copperfield,’ rejoined Traddles, ’because, without any imputation on the Reverend Horace, I do think parents, and brothers, and so forth, are sometimes rather selfish in such cases.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Not,’ said Mrs. Sparsit, with a lofty sense of giving strict evidence, ’that I would convey any imputation on his moral character.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I never impute motives; I both have and am a father, and I never impute motives.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She rejoiced in his being cleared from some part of his imputed guilt;—she was sorry for him;—she wished him happy.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • And consider all that he imputes to "man"!
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • For a moment, the thought crossed Hepzibah’s mind, whether Clifford might not really have such knowledge of their deceased uncle’s vanished estate as the Judge imputed to him.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • If you mean that a girl who has no one to think for her is obliged to think for herself, I am quite willing to accept the imputation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She did not resent the imputation of weakness; it made no impression on her, for she had not the sense of weakness, and she was not hurt at not being appreciated.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • I throw back the imputation with scorn.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It was imputed to very reasonable weariness, and she was thanked and pitied; but she deserved their pity more than she hoped they would ever surmise.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • — Mr. Knightley could not impute to Emma a more relenting heart than she possessed, or a heart more disposed to accept of his.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The imputation would have been false at any time, and was all the more so, now that for at least a year Swann had given up going to almost any house but the Verdurins’.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Naturally, I felt the temptation to deny immediately and unambiguously such motivations as my employer was imputing to me, but saw in time that to do so could be to rise to Mr Farraday’s bait, and the situation would only become increasingly embarrassing.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • To be severe to the People, is to punish that ignorance, which may in great part be imputed to the Soveraign, whose fault it was, they were no better instructed.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • To William Cullen Bryant, Webster was "a man who has deserted the cause which he lately defended, and deserted it under circumstances which force upon him the imputation of a sordid motive."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Diana, miraculously aware of the flight and death, could now rest appeased.28 The mythological figure of the Universal Mother imputes to the cosmos the feminine attributes of the first, nourishing and protecting presence.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Mr Western, who imputed these symptoms in his daughter to her fall, advised her to be presently blooded by way of prevention.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
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