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Attribute, subst. 1) essential quality: “his sceptre shows the force of temporal power, the a. to awe and majesty,” Merch. IV, 1, 191. “it is an a. to God himself,” Merch. IV, 1, 191 “swear by God's great --s,” All's IV, 2, 25. “could you not find out that by her --s?” Troil. III, 1, 38 (i. e. by the epithets given to her).
2) reputation: “much a. he hath, and much the reason why we ascribe it to him,” Troil. II, 3, 125. “it takes from our achievements the pith and marrow of our a.” Hml. I, 4, 22. “unless you play the pious innocent and for an honest a. cry out: she died by foul play,” Per. IV, 3, 18.
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