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1 to cause (as a person) to become filled or saturated with a certain quality or principle
  • dedicated teachers inculcating young minds with a love of learning

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2 to set permanently in the consciousness or mind-set
  • a malcontent who inculcated in his offspring an abiding distrust of all civil authority

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implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind. implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught. implanted a love of reading in her students inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind. tried to inculcate in him high moral standards instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time. instill traditional values in your children inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation. inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought. infixed a chronic cynicism

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The first known use of inculcate was in 1539

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“Inculcate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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