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Sunday, November 07, 1999

Definitions for inculcate

  1. To teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.

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Citations for inculcate
It is difficult, if not impossible, to inculcate in those who do not want to know, the curiosity to know; I think it is also impossible to kill this need in those who really want to know. T. V. Rajan, The Scientist
A tragic indication that even the most noble attempts to inculcate children with the basic principles of universal humanism -- that, whatever our differences, we are more alike than unalike -- will founder against the rocks of deeply held prejudices of their parents. Gary Younge, The Guardian
Origin of inculcate
1540-1550
Inculcate is from Latin inculcare, "to tread upon, to force upon," from in-, "in, on" + calcare, "to trample," from calx, calc-, "heel."