[ in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt ]
/ ɪnˈkʌl keɪt, ˈɪn kʌlˌkeɪt /
verb (used with object), in·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·ing.
to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in): to inculcate virtue in the young.
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
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
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Examples from the Web for inculcator
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
/ (ˈɪnkʌlˌkeɪt, ɪnˈkʌlkeɪt) /
(tr) to instil by forceful or insistent repetition
Derived Formsinculcation, nouninculcator, noun
Word Origin for inculcate
C16: from Latin inculcāre to tread upon, ram down, from in- ² + calcāre to trample, from calx heel
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