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inculcate

[in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt]
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verb (used with object), in·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·ing.
  1. to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in): to inculcate virtue in the young.
  2. 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

1540–50; < Latin inculcātus past participle of inculcāre to trample, impress, stuff in, equivalent to in- in-2 + culc- (variant, in noninitial position, of calc-, stem of calx heel) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsin·cul·ca·tion, nounin·cul·ca·tive [in-kuhl-kuh-tiv] /ɪnˈkʌl kə tɪv/, in·cul·ca·to·ry, adjectivein·cul·ca·tor, noun
Can be confusedinculcate indoctrinate

Synonyms

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1. instill, infix, ingrain.
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Historical Examples

  • The Society which has been denounced as the corrupter of youth, the inculcator of unsound, unchristian and lax morality!

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • The temper that they inculcate and that they exhibit in the inculcator is positively kindly and relatively correct.

    A Letter Book

    George Saintsbury


British Dictionary definitions for inculcator

inculcate

verb
  1. (tr) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
Derived Formsinculcation, nouninculcator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in- ² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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Word Origin and History for inculcator

inculcate

v.

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.

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