Definition of indoctrinate in English:

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indoctrinate

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdɒktrɪneɪt/

verb

[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.
Synonyms
brainwash, propagandize, proselytize, inculcate, re-educate, persuade, convince, condition, discipline, mould;
instruct, teach, school, drill, ground
1.1 archaic Teach or instruct (someone): he indoctrinated them in systematic theology

Derivatives

indoctrinator

noun
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.

indoctrinatory

adjective

Origin

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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