- 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 indoctrinated
The airlines have indoctrinated us to accept a “steerage complex.”Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
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“My dad is really into football, so he indoctrinated me as a kid,” Ohanian says.The 'Mayor of the Internet' Fights the Good Fight
August 26, 2014
But there has always been and there will always be a segment of society that chooses or is indoctrinated to ignore these rules.You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot
July 7, 2014
You have not been indoctrinated into unwanted-yet-inescapable tribal allegiances by your soccer-crazed countrymen.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup
June 12, 2014
We are faced with people who are battle-hardened, indoctrinated, globally networked and fluent in English.Western Jihadists in Syria Threaten to Bring Their War Back Home
April 27, 2014
I think it was he who indoctrinated our valiant Brigadier Batalla.Dona Perfecta
B. Perez Galdos
They had been raised, they had been indoctrinated and they had mated in the communes—and then gone into Sleep.The Happy Man
Gerald Wilburn Page
He indoctrinated me into the knotty catechism of Spanish politics.Romantic Spain
John Augustus O'Shea
They were all indoctrinated to a man with liberalism, and have infected the entire army.The Green Book
An infidel teacher once said to a dying woman whom he had indoctrinated with his infidel notions, "Hold fast, Mary."The Great Commission
C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
- 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 indoctrinated
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