Thesaurus

inculcate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of inculcate

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 for inculcate

Words Related to inculcate

Near Antonyms for inculcate

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 for inculcate

Words Related to inculcate

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inculcate

Time Traveler for inculcate

Time Traveler

The first known use of inculcate was in 1539

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about inculcate

Cite this Entry

“Inculcate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/inculcate. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on inculcate

Dictionary: Definition of inculcate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with inculcate

Spanish Central: Translation of inculcate

Nglish: Translation of inculcate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of inculcate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on inculcate

What made you want to look up inculcate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!