noun Etymology: Late Latin ascription-, ascriptio, from Latin, written addition, from ascribere Date: 1598 1. the act of ascribing ; attribution 2. arbitrary placement (as at birth) in a particular social status

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  • Ascription — As*crip tion, n. [L. ascriptio, fr. ascribere. See {Ascribe}.] The act of ascribing, imputing, or affirming to belong; also, that which is ascribed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ascription — I noun accusal, accusation, alleging, animadversion, appropriation, aspersion, assignment, attribution, blame, citation, complaint, charge, derivation, imputation, innuendo, insinuation, obloquy, reference, reflection, reproach, slur,… …   Law dictionary

  • ascription — (n.) 1590s, action of adding in writing; c.1600, attribution of authorship or origin, from L. ascriptionem (nom. ascriptio) an addition in writing, noun of action from pp. stem of ascribere (see ASCRIBE (Cf. ascribe)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ascription — [ə skrip′shən] n. [L ascriptio < pp. of ascribere, ASCRIBE] 1. the act of ascribing or being ascribed 2. a statement that ascribes; specif., a prayer or text ascribing glory to God …   English World dictionary

  • ascription — /euh skrip sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of ascribing. 2. a statement ascribing something, esp. praise to the Deity. Also, adscription. [1590 1600; < L ascription (s. of ascriptio) a written addition. See A 5, SCRIPT, ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • Ascription —    The words used at the end of a sermon, beginning, And now to God the Father, etc. During the Ascription the people stand and at the end respond, Amen …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • ascription — ascribe ► VERB (ascribe to) 1) attribute (a particular cause, person, or period) to. 2) regard (a quality) as belonging to. DERIVATIVES ascribable adjective ascription noun. ORIGIN Latin ascribere, from scribere write …   English terms dictionary

  • ascription — noun The act of ascribing a quality or characteristic to …   Wiktionary

  • ascription — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The act of attributing: assignment, attribution, credit, imputation. See GIVE …   English dictionary for students

  • ascription — In allocating roles and statuses , or imputing allegedly natural behaviours, cultures make varying use of kinship, age, sex, and ethnicity. Such ascribed characteristics cannot be changed by individual effort, although social movements and states …   Dictionary of sociology

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