- 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
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1. brainwash, propagandize.
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Examples from the Web for indoctrinate
They want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light.DC Comics’ New Gay Green Lantern & Marvel’s First Same-Sex Marriage
June 1, 2012
He then proceeded to rant about “liberal college professors” trying to “indoctrinate” students.Christian Movie War: Pro-Life ‘October Baby’ vs. Postmodern ‘Blue Like Jazz’
April 12, 2012
Santorum also complains about “some liberal college professor … trying to indoctrinate” students.Rick Santorum’s Class-Based Pitch Kicks Up Campaign Controversy
February 28, 2012
She comes to indoctrinate you, to put you against me, is it not so?Doctor Pascal
So one of your trained psychopropagandists can indoctrinate me?Victory
Lester del Rey
She begged him to indoctrinate his successor, Mr. Edward Stanhope.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
"Oh, certainly; I will indoctrinate Dolly," said the Doctor.Poganuc People
Harriet Beecher Stowe
In broad terms, all these publications were designed to indoctrinate specific groups of people, generally in their places of work.Area Handbook for Bulgaria</p>
Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
- to teach (a person or group of people) systematically to accept doctrines, esp uncritically
- rare to impart learning to; instruct
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Word Origin and History for indoctrinate
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