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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
Many have been carried out by women or children who were abducted and indoctrinated.
As indicated by the dramatic finale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens two Christmases ago, the follow-up is anchored by the attempt by Daisy Ridley's Rey to persuade Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker to indoctrinate her in the ways of the jedi.
Murad, her sisters, and her nieces were taken captive, caught up in ISIS’s carefully planned and systematically executed scheme to enslave Yazidi women, indoctrinate the children, and massacre the rest of the population.
From the stateless children of ISIS members, to child soldiers and the tens of thousands indoctrinated in ISIS schools, a generation of young Iraqis has been traumatized and radicalized by the nihilistic jihadist group.
Those prequels had indoctrinated an entirely new generation of fans, while rejuvenating the ones who had loved it for decades.
In 1876 John returned to Battle Creek to take over the church’s tumbledown Western Health Reform Institute, whose few patients were indoctrinated in the Adventists’ strict ideas about diet, hygiene and chastity.
Right now, Trubisky is being indoctrinated into the Fox brand of offensive football.
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.
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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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