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Definition of "indoctrinate" []

  • To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles. (verb-transitive)
  • To imbue with a partisan or ideological point of view: a generation of children who had been indoctrinated against the values of their parents. (verb-transitive)
  • To teach (a person or group of people) systematically to accept doctrines, esp uncritically (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To impart learning to; instruct (verb)

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Use "indoctrinate" in a sentence
  • "The word indoctrinate is quite often used to point out how the other group whose ideas are in opposition to one's own, are cloaking their motives as "proper" education; yet, in actuality, a certain amount of indoctrination is required in order to establish and maintain societal norms."
  • "One reasons progressives oppose school choice is that the majority of school teachers are tilting toward a secular-statist point of view, and progressives treasure the opportunity to indoctrinate young minds (the code words for this in the debate are things like protecting the "shared experience" which sounds like indoctrination to me)."
  • "Well, yes, "indoctrinate" sounds bad, but it's also a word with a fairly concrete meaning, and it's hard to see why it shouldn't be applied to religious training of children."