verb (used with object), adjective
Examples from the Web for engrained
That it stems from an engrained sense of unworthiness and shame is something that Dunne is winningly eager to acknowledge.
He understood that the truths which had been engrained into his very being were much like seeds.If Any Man Sin|H. A. Cody
This conviction of the criminality of the honest is engrained in the criminal mind, and one meets it at every turn.The Criminal|Havelock Ellis
With them the dirt seems to be engrained and never to be removed, and they could grow potatoes under their nails.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Sven Hedin
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.