ascribe to

Also found in: Idioms.
See: blame
References in classic literature ?
for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him?
The kind of civility that urban observers ascribe to dwellers in all cities but New York.
This means identifying norms and values that underlie participants' actions in a particular setting and reaching understanding of the meanings they ascribe to their actions, rather than imposing external meanings.
Holy Scripture Speaks, which, in publishing symposium papers delivered at Victoria University in 1999, seeks to awaken scholarly interest in Erasmus' long-neglected Paraphrases, also establishes them as a site for proving the point I ascribe to Toulmin while reassessing Erasmus' "textual universe" in its full social, cultural, and material reality.