inculcate

[in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt] /ɪnˈkʌl keɪt, ˈɪn kʌlˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), inculcated, inculcating.
1.
to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in):
"to inculcate virtue in the young."
2.
to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually followed by with):
"Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth."
Origin
1540–50; < Latin inculcātus past participle of inculcāre to trample, impress, stuff in, equivalent to in- in-2 + culc- (variant, in noninitial position, of calc-, stem of calx heel) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
inculcation, noun
inculcative
[in-kuhl-kuh-tiv] /ɪnˈkʌl kə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
inculcatory, adjective
inculcator, noun
Can be confused
inculcate, indoctrinate.
Synonyms
1. instill, infix, ingrain.
Example Sentences for inculcate
Inculcate thus pleasantly right standards of drama, and the lure of vaudeville and picture show is weakened.
Use of imaginative literature to inculcate a heightened awareness of stylistic choices can tangibly benefit student writing.
British Dictionary definitions for inculcate
inculcate (ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt, ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt)
 
vb
(tr) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
 
[C16: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in-² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel]
 
incul'cation
 
n
 
'inculcator
 
n

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Word Origin and History for inculcate
inculcate
1540s, from L. inculcatus, pp. of inculcare "force upon, stamp in," from in- "in" + calcare "to tread, press in," from calx (1) "heel."
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