Definition of inculcate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈkəlˌkāt/
Pronunciation: /ˈinkəlˌkāt/


[with object]
1Instill (an attitude, idea, or habit) by persistent instruction: the failures of the churches to inculcate a sense of moral responsibility
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  • Childhood is the right time to inculcate the trait of kindness and how better can one do it than by example?
  • The poet uses his imaginative freedom to doubt the presence of the spirit of Ahalya in this particular stone that inculcates the feminine charm of the sculpture.
  • But the meritocratic system that produced Laura and me not only produced outsized expectations; it inculcated a belief that we deserved wonderful jobs and a comfortable lifestyle.
instill in, implant in, fix in, impress in, imprint in;
hammer into, drum into, drive into, drill into
1.1Teach (someone) an attitude, idea, or habit by persistent instruction: they will try to inculcate you with a respect for culture
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  • He is here when we unlearn the violence and greed we are inculcated with as Americans, and practice peacemaking and reconciliation.
  • They inculcated us with the values of accomplishment and decency.
  • Spoiled was my mother's resolution of the dilemma of raising a child in an environment free from prejudice, yet inculcating him with a resistance to odd and alluring temptations.



Pronunciation: /ˌinkəlˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Education meant the inculcation of truths as dogmas, the institutionalization of habits of obedience, the subjection of the individual to the community.
  • Moral education, the inculcation of values, cannot be left solely to the study of popular songs or even the wider popular culture of films and television.
  • Understood in the broad sense, military indoctrination is a collective concept, which includes the entire range of methods and ways of training and inculcation of moral and psychological qualities in the personnel.


Pronunciation: /ənˈkəlˌkādər/ Pronunciation: /ˈinkəlˌkādər/ Pronunciation: /ˈiNGkəlˌkādər/
Example sentences
  • Teachers and elders as inculcators, on the one hand and law enforcers, which include the police, on the other, together share this responsibility.
  • Mothers were seen as particularly well-suited to be inculcators of moral values and patriotic values.
  • While the various institutions within the political, economic, and other spheres are important, the family is the primary inculcator of the moral culture in a society.


Mid 16th century: from Latin inculcat- 'pressed in', from the verb inculcare, from in- 'into' + calcare 'to tread' (from calx, calc- 'heel').

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Syllabification: in·cul·cate

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