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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
And come May 19, they, like the Middletons before them, will be forever indoctrinated as part of the British royal world.
But as a former Real star, he was fully indoctrinated in Real’s trophy-hoarding.
But rather than try to indoctrinate a new era of fans into Super Troopers-dom, the movie just ends up calling back to the old.
And as Eden demonstrates, the younger generations have been completely indoctrinated into the system.
Another high-ranking group of women in Gilead, the aunts are true-believers tasked with indoctrinating the Handmaids into their new roles.
The most disturbing part of the HuffPost’s revelations is that Volitch was consciously indoctrinating her students.
They hadn’t been indoctrinated by some left-wing group.
The board of education has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed nearly four years ago that claimed three teachers and a guidance counselor at Avon High School had indoctrinated two former students into a religious cult.
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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.
INDOCTRINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indoctrinate for English Language Learners
: to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs
INDOCTRINATE Defined for Kids
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