verb in·doc·tri·nate \in-ˈdäk-trə-ˌnāt\

: to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs


Full Definition of INDOCTRINATE

transitive verb
:  to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments :  teach
:  to imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle
in·doc·tri·na·tion \(ˌ)in-ˌdäk-trə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
in·doc·tri·na·tor \in-ˈdäk-trə-ˌnā-tər\ noun


  1. The goal should be to teach politics, rather than to indoctrinate students in a narrow set of political beliefs.
  2. <indoctrinated children in proper safety procedures>


probably from Middle English endoctrinen, from Anglo-French endoctriner, from en- + doctrine doctrine
First Known Use: 1626

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


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INDOCTRINATOR Defined for Kids


verb in·doc·tri·nate \in-ˈdäk-trə-ˌnāt\

Definition of INDOCTRINATE for Kids

:  to teach especially the ideas, opinions, or beliefs of a certain group


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