Definition of indoctrinate in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈdäktrəˌnāt/


[with object]
1Teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically: broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses
More example sentences
  • Has an atheist who practices religion in Borneo overcome the beliefs he was indoctrinated with?
  • She begs him to teach and indoctrinate her into the ways of what he does.
  • According to theologian, we are all indoctrinated in the myth of redemptive violence: The basic belief that violence can create peace.
brainwash, propagandize, proselytize, reeducate, persuade, convince, condition, program, mold, discipline;
instruct, teach, train, school, drill;
instill, inculcate
1.1 archaic Teach or instruct (someone): he indoctrinated them in systematic theology



Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
Example sentences
  • Religious indoctrinators of every denomination must be salivating: all those innocent minds to corrupt, sorry, convert - and all on state money.
  • And of course some indoctrinators are more thorough and thought-preventive than others are.
  • If that is that case, the indoctrinators, like Aldous Huxley's controllers, become all-powerful.


Pronunciation: /-nəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • Religious instruction can be single-faith and indoctrinatory; religious education is usually multi-faith, and relatively balanced and objective.
  • Most of the current history textbooks in the district contain a good deal of indoctrinatory propaganda.
  • There is an inference here that teaching is somehow indoctrinatory and it's a perspective I've suspected behind many a grab for classroom hegemony.


Early 17th century (formerly also as endoctrinate): from en-1, in-2 'into' + doctrine + -ate3, or from obsolete indoctrine (verb), from French endoctriner, based on doctrine 'doctrine'.

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Syllabification: in·doc·tri·nate

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