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[en-greynd, en-greynd]
  1. ingrained.
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Related formsen·grain·ed·ly [en-grey-nid-lee, -greynd-] /ɛnˈgreɪ nɪd li, -ˈgreɪnd-/, adverb


verb (used with object), adjective
  1. ingrain(defs 1, 2).
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Examples from the Web for engrained

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Historical Examples

  • If posted in the van of battle, they will not desert their ranks, because endurance is engrained in them.

  • You are not young, and engrained habits are difficult to get rid of.

    Miss Mapp

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • Heathenism, save that which is engrained in the heart of man, had passed away.

    The Makers of Modern Rome

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

  • He understood that the truths which had been engrained into his very being were much like seeds.

    If Any Man Sin

    H. A. Cody

  • Official corruption is engrained in the character and habits of the Spanish people.

    The English in the West Indies

    James Anthony Froude

British Dictionary definitions for engrained


  1. a variant spelling of ingrain
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Word Origin and History for engrained



late 14c., originally "(dye) in grain," from French phrase en graine, from graine "seed of a plant," also "cochineal" (the source of the dye was thought to be berries), thus "fast-dyed." Later associated with grain in the sense of "the fiber of a thing." Related: Engrained.

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