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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
Google tells us it can be done: Not only can jihadis be shut down, but the budding white nationalists can be un-indoctrinated, by means of the very same technology that created the networks that spawn them.
Donald Trump’s formula for winning reelection is the same as his formula for winning at everything else: Capitilize on a valuable inheritance, and keep a segment of the public indoctrinated into your cult of personality.
Author Carter G. Woodson claimed that instead of being taught, the Black people of his day were being culturally indoctrinated in the American education system.
Unlike the FARC in Colombia, ETA in Spain and other groups that mainly indoctrinated locals, ISIS reaches across the globe.
Not all children who attended ISIS schools or even its training camps were indoctrinated.
So to say my dad indoctrinated me is, well, a bit of an understatement.
Fatima, 17, received military screening to assess whether she had been indoctrinated by Boko Haram.
San Fernando Masonic Lodge Ruth, Debbie and their 12 GLOW castmates are indoctrinated into the world of female wrestling at Chavo’s Boxing Gym.
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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
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
Definition of indoctrinate for Students
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