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Examples of inculcate in a Sentence
The teacher inculcated in her students the importance of good study habits.
dedicated teachers inculcating young minds with a love of learning
Recent Examples of inculcate from the Web
To protect the white race, men should run countries, make policy, and fight wars, while women should perpetuate bloodlines, nurture family units, and inculcate new generations with pro-white beliefs.
They had not been inculcated with a sense of duty to experience ‘‘the end’’; ends, for them, don’t exist or aren’t significantly different from the middle.
His father, Fred, inculcated his son with the unshakable belief that his own greatness would lead to enormous wealth.
Games would inculcate violence and aggression in impressionable youngsters.
Early conversations with Harbaugh, now a Super Bowl-winning coach in Baltimore, inculcated the magnitude of the punt.
To this end, Shriver asked his uncle Ted Kennedy to find someone inWashington who could inculcate Bono in the ways of Capitol Hill.
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Did You Know?
Inculcate derives from the past participle of the Latin verb inculcare, meaning "to tread on." In Latin, "inculcare" possesses both literal and figurative meanings, referring to either the act of walking over something or to that of impressing something upon the mind, often by way of steady repetition. It is the figurative sense that survives with "inculcate," which was first used in English in the 16th century. "Inculcare" was formed in Latin by combining the prefix in- with calcare, meaning "to trample," and ultimately derives from the noun calx, meaning "heel." In normal usage "inculcate" is typically followed by the prepositions "in" or "into," with the object of the preposition being the person or thing receiving the instruction.
Origin and Etymology of inculcate
First Known Use: 1539See Words from the same year
Synonymsendue (or indue), imbue, infuse, ingrain (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, suffuse
Related Wordsanimate, charge, enliven, invigorate, leaven; implant, instill, plant; impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate; deluge, drown, fill, flood, inundate, overwhelm, submerge
Near Antonymsdeprive, divest, strip; clear, empty; eliminate, remove, take away
Synonym Discussion of inculcate
- implanted a love of reading in her students
- tried to inculcate in him high moral standards
- instill traditional values in your children
- inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology
- infixed a chronic cynicism
INCULCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inculcate for English Language Learners
: to cause (something) to be learned by (someone) by repeating it again and again
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