Definition of indoctrinate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɒktrɪneɪt


[with object]
1Teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically: broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses
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  • 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, inculcate, re-educate, persuade, convince, condition, discipline, mould;
1.1 archaic Teach or instruct (someone): he indoctrinated them in systematic theology


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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  • There might even be theists prepared to lend a hand, who like the idea of broad education rather than indoctrination.
  • Rigid indoctrination through misguided education leads to intolerance and fanaticism.
  • I want my grandchildren to have the benefit of a good science education, not religious indoctrination.


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  • 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.

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