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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 indoctrinated
  • We truly were indoctrinated into the shareholder value thing.
  • It is a cultural matter of conventional interpretation common to all those raised and indoctrinated in a given cultural paradigm.
  • How can one get educated by those people who's minds are totally corrupted, indoctrinated.
  • Pay for your jump with cash or a credit card and sign a waiver before you're indoctrinated on proper jump form and positions.
  • They have been indoctrinated only with the interpretations of these verses.
  • Secondly, it seems that many writers replying to this article are indoctrinated with false believes.
  • They have also, unfortunately, been indoctrinated by their families and peers in complete amorality.
  • Because so many millions upon millions of people have already been indoctrinated and many regimes are founded upon it.
  • They insist that everybody be indoctrinated into thinking it is fact and call it science.
  • The problem is that those not exposed to guns have been basically indoctrinated that guns are inherently dangerous and so forth.
British Dictionary definitions for indoctrinated


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 indoctrinated



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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