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inculcate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of inculcate

  1. 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 Synonyms of inculcate endue (or indue), imbue, infuse, ingrain (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, suffuseWords Related to inculcate animate, charge, enliven, invigorate, leaven; implant, instill, plant; impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate; deluge, drown, fill, flood, inundate, overwhelm, submergeNear Antonyms of inculcate deprive, divest, strip; clear, empty; eliminate, remove, take away

  2. 2 to set permanently in the consciousness or mind-set a malcontent who inculcated in his offspring an abiding distrust of all civil authority Synonyms of inculcate breed, enroot, implant, infix, inseminate, instill, plant, sowWords Related to inculcate drive, hammer, pound; embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), fix, lodge, root; imbue, infuse, ingrain (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, suffuse

Synonym Discussion of inculcate

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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