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Examples of indoctrinate in a Sentence
The goal should be to teach politics, rather than to indoctrinate students in a narrow set of political beliefs.
indoctrinated children in proper safety procedures
Recent Examples of indoctrinate from the Web
That afternoon, speculation was being floated that the Atlanta Braves may pursue for their vacant general manager job Royals’ GM Dayton Moore, who was indoctrinated in that organization.
The German BfV said Islamic State had indoctrinated very young German children living in the extremist group’s territory in Iraq and Syria, for instance, by forcing them to execute prisoners for internet propaganda videos.
Before he can be indoctrinated into the jihadi organization, CIA operatives burst into the compound and kill everyone there but Mitch.
Right now, Trubisky is being indoctrinated into the Fox brand of offensive football.
And my kids are being indoctrinated with the mythic healing properties of a canarino for a belly ache.
Among the illicit objects was a bust of Adolf Hitler, a knife with Nazi markings, toys that would have been used to indoctrinate children, a statue of the Nazi eagle, and magnifying glasses packed away into boxes stamped with swastikas.
But a leftist professor has every right to be deemed foul, racist, wrong, and perverse, and still be allowed to teach or, more accurately, indoctrinate his students.
With a lineup to be determined, cuts to be made, newcomers to be indoctrinated, coach Erik Spoelstra hardly had all the answers as the Miami Heat opened training camp at Florida Atlantic University.
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Did You Know?
Indoctrinate simply means "brainwash" to many people. But its meaning isn't always so negative. When this verb first appeared in English in the 17th century, it simply meant "to teach"-a meaning that followed logically from its Latin root. The "doc" in the middle of indoctrinate derives from the Latin verb docēre, which also means "to teach." Other offspring of "docēre" include "docent" (referring to a college professor or a museum guide), "docile," "doctor," "doctrine," and "document." It was not until the 19th century that "indoctrinate" began to see regular use in the sense of causing someone to absorb and take on certain opinions or principles.
Origin and Etymology of indoctrinate
First Known Use: 1626See Words from the same year
Synonymseducate, teach, instruct, lesson, school, train, tutor
Related Wordscoach, mentor; drill, fit, ground, habilitate, prepare, prime, qualify; direct, guide, lead, rear; catechize, lecture, moralize, preach; implant, inculcate, instill (also instil); homeschool; edify, enlighten; brief, familiarize, impart (to), inform, verse; initiate, introduce, show; reeducate, reschool, reteach, retrain
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