- to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in): to inculcate virtue in the young.
- 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 of inculcate
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Examples from the Web for inculcate
But in that I have never omitted to inculcate a strict adherence to the principles of it.Patrick Henry
Moses Coit Tyler
To stern moralists it is an occasion for the hard lessons they love to inculcate.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
To inculcate this principle is the highest mission of the higher education.
That's the way to inculcate a filthy pharisaic conceit into a child.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
This I most readily grant; it is the doctrine I wish to inculcate.The American Practical Brewer and Tanner
- (tr) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
Word Origin and History for inculcate
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.