verb (used with object), in·doc·tri·nat·ed, in·doc·tri·nat·ing.

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

1620–30; in-2 + Medieval Latin doctrīnātus past participle of doctrīnāre to teach; see doctrine, -ate1
Related formsin·doc·tri·na·tion, nounin·doc·tri·na·tor, nounre·in·doc·tri·nate, verb (used with object), re·in·doc·tri·nat·ed, re·in·doc·tri·nat·ing.un·in·doc·tri·nat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedinculcate indoctrinate

Synonyms for indoctrinate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indoctrinate

Contemporary Examples of indoctrinate

Historical Examples of indoctrinate

  • She comes to indoctrinate you, to put you against me, is it not so?

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

  • So one of your trained psychopropagandists can indoctrinate me?


    Lester del Rey

  • She begged him to indoctrinate his successor, Mr. Edward Stanhope.

  • "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

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for indoctrinate


verb (tr)

to teach (a person or group of people) systematically to accept doctrines, esp uncritically
rare to impart learning to; instruct
Derived Formsindoctrination, nounindoctrinator, noun
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Word Origin and History for indoctrinate

1620s, "to teach," from in- (2) "in" + Latin doctrina "teaching" (see doctrine). Meaning "to imbue with an idea or opinion" first recorded 1832. Related: Indoctrinated; indoctrinating. The earlier verb was indoctrine (c.1500).

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