V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to teach or fix something in someone's mind through forceful repetition
Synonyms: drill, instill, impart, impress, imbue, condition, brainwash, indoctrinate, ingrain, influence
Tips: Inculcate is derived from the Latin inculcare, which means "to stamp in." To inculcate a doctrine onto another means you are "stamping" an idea into that person.
I inculcated obedience into my dog through consistent, positive reinforcement. (instilled, ingrained)
The country tried to inculcate a sense of patriotism in its citizens by having them recite pledges and display flags. (indoctrinate, impart)
My ninth-grade teacher inculcated the importance of a good vocabulary by having weekly vocabulary tests. (drilled, ingrained)
The young mother was determined to inculcate good manners onto her son. (impress, impart, instill)
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