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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Definitions for inculcate

  1. to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in ): to inculcate virtue in the young.
  2. to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually followed by with): Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.

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Citations for inculcate
"Speaking of morals," said Lady Roseville, "do you not think every novel should have its distinct object, and inculcate, throughout, some one peculiar moral, such as many of Marmontel's and Miss Edgeworth's?" "No!" answered Vincent ... Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Pelham; or, Adventures of a Gentleman, 1828
... she practiced as well as preached the doctrines which she had striven for so many years to inculcate in an unthinking populace. Her day always began with a light but nutritious breakfast, at which a peculiarly uninviting cereal, which looked and tasted like an old straw hat that had been run through a meat chopper, competed for first place in the dislike of her husband and son with a more than usually offensive brand of imitation coffee. P. G. Wodehouse, Indiscretions of Archie, 1921
Origin of inculcate
1540-1550
Inculcate descends from the Latin verb inculcāre meaning "to trample, tread" with the root word calx meaning "heel." It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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