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ingrained Syllabification: in·grained
Pronunciation: /inˈɡrānd/

Definition of ingrained in English:


(also engrained)
1(Of a habit, belief, or attitude) firmly fixed or established; difficult to change: his deeply ingrained Catholic convictions
More example sentences
  • So the only thing keeping the reporters in line is their ingrained habit of deference towards a wartime president.
  • None of these things are terrible, of course, but they do speak of certain ingrained attitudes towards women.
  • The belief in a positive attitude is so ingrained in American thinking.
entrenched, established, deep-rooted, deep-seated, fixed, firm, unshakable, ineradicable, well established;
inveterate, dyed-in-the-wool, abiding, enduring, stubborn
2(Of dirt or a stain) deeply embedded and thus difficult to remove: the ingrained dirt on the flaking paintwork
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  • Internal stains in teeth, for example tetracycline stains, are extremely resistant to bleaching because the stain is so deeply ingrained in the teeth.
  • He sat there surrounded by filth - thick ingrained dirt.
  • Paint was peeling, floors had ingrained dirt, and all of the telephone rooms - very important for detainees' contact with the outside world - were in a disgraceful state.
ground-in, fixed, implanted, embedded;
permanent, indelible, ineradicable

Words that rhyme with ingrained

self-contained, self-restrained, self-sustained, unascertained, unconstrained, undertrained, undrained, unexplained, unfeigned, unrestrained, unstained, unstrained, unsustained, untrained
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