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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
1540-1550
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.
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  • Respect should be inculcated from birth, and is best learned by example.
  • The services say basic training is the place civilians are inculcated into the military life.
  • Hence, in accordance with the principles inculcated in this volume, these forms will not have been liable to much modification.
  • And they may call it sectarian, but it's definitely inculcated, ingrained in that society.
  • Encourage mentoring by those in leadership positions to build on the competencies inculcated in formal education.
  • As a result, that program is inculcated with that spirit.
British Dictionary definitions for inculcated

inculcate

/ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt; ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
Derived Forms
inculcation, noun
inculcator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in-² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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Word Origin and History for inculcated

inculcate

v.

1540s, from Latin inculcatus, past participle of inculcare "force upon, stamp in, tread down," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + calcare "to tread, press in," from calx (1) "heel." Related: Inculcated; inculcating.

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