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

Antonyms: confuse

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.

Usage Examples:

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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