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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
This past weekend, commencement speech at Yale University the poor kids have already been indoctrinated.
Autocrats who plan to stay in power for ever need to indoctrinate children.
Homemade treats We've all been indoctrinated that homemade is a no-no at trick or treat.
Maybe a patrol boat found him, or perhaps someone, indoctrinated with the lesson of confessing false tales had given him up for the sake of themselves.
What was the right age to begin indoctrinating her daughter in feminism?
After the Prayvaganza, many older men were paired off with young girls, who are likely as indoctrinated into Gilead as Eden.
Battier was indoctrinated in analytics as a member of the Houston Rockets.
By the time Lady Di married Prince Charles, we were fully indoctrinated and entranced.
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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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