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[in-dok-truh-neyt] /ɪnˈdɒk trəˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), indoctrinated, indoctrinating.
to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., especially to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.
to teach or inculcate.
to imbue with learning.
Origin of indoctrinate
1620-30; in-2 + Medieval Latin doctrīnātus past participle of doctrīnāre to teach; see doctrine, -ate1
Related forms
indoctrination, noun
indoctrinator, noun
reindoctrinate, verb (used with object), reindoctrinated, reindoctrinating.
unindoctrinated, adjective
Can be confused
inculcate, indoctrinate.
1. brainwash, propagandize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indoctrinate
  • Now if you wish to brainwash and indoctrinate your morality on all of humanity, that may be interesting.
  • The job of professors is not to indoctrinate students into their social views.
  • They indoctrinate these students into believing that inquiry-based learning is the key to education.
  • Words and pictures were combined to communicate and indoctrinate.
  • It is fruitless to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.
  • The whole idea behind it to indoctrinate and enroll people to further their goal.
  • The purpose of education is not to indoctrinate but to inform.
  • Being aware of this, one can indoctrinate oneself to a certain degree.
  • When the rookies arrive, he helps indoctrinate them.
  • The course is designed to indoctrinate new inspectors in the performance of certification and surveillance functions.
British Dictionary definitions for indoctrinate


verb (transitive)
to teach (a person or group of people) systematically to accept doctrines, esp uncritically
(rare) to impart learning to; instruct
Derived Forms
indoctrination, noun
indoctrinator, noun
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Word Origin and History for indoctrinate

1620s, "to teach," from in- (2) "in" + Latin doctrina "teaching" (see doctrine). Meaning "to imbue with an idea or opinion" first recorded 1832. Related: Indoctrinated; indoctrinating. The earlier verb was indoctrine (c.1500).

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