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verb (used with object), in·doc·tri·nat·ed, in·doc·tri·nat·ing.
  1. to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., especially to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view.
  2. to teach or inculcate.
  3. to imbue with learning.
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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


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  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for indoctrinated


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



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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