One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.‘broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses’
brainwash, propagandize, proselytize, inculcate, re-educate, persuade, convince, condition, discipline, mouldView synonyms
- ‘Once you are indoctrinated into these organizations, there's no turning back.’
- ‘But feminism has too fully indoctrinated us in the idea that the female position is necessarily the weaker one.’
- ‘In some societies children are indoctrinated in religious beliefs and values.’
- ‘The consumer media culture indoctrinates us into believing that what we do for work and the success we have there is a measure of our worth as individuals.’
- ‘Her character talks about how having a baby indoctrinates you, like it or not, into a great big club.’
- ‘I was born into a staunch Roman Catholic family and was indoctrinated with those beliefs as I grew up.’
- ‘At 10 he was shipped off to a Roman Catholic military academy in Los Angeles where he was indoctrinated by ‘tough Irish nuns’.’
- ‘‘If our aim is to indoctrinate students with unpatriotic beliefs,’ he said, ‘we're obviously doing a very poor job of it’.’
- ‘But both parties must realise that marriage is a far less definitive, far less protective and far less stable force than we are indoctrinated to believe.’
- ‘Would they brainwash and indoctrinate me with utopian, sci-fi visions of an alternate reality?’
- ‘According to theologian, we are all indoctrinated in the myth of redemptive violence: The basic belief that violence can create peace.’
- ‘Nurses have been indoctrinated with the belief that doctors are capable of exercising only a cold, scientific medical model.’
- ‘At school, like my peers, I was indoctrinated in the mysteries of original and venal sin, virgin birth, the respective criteria for entry to limbo, purgatory, and heaven.’
- ‘She begs him to teach and indoctrinate her into the ways of what he does.’
- ‘Each episode their singing slowly indoctrinated me into the religion known as modern music.’
- ‘I dropped my belief in a god several years ago and I was indoctrinated in one of the most religiously oriented states in America.’
- ‘Has an atheist who practices religion in Borneo overcome the beliefs he was indoctrinated with?’
- ‘If the attempts are successful, students will be indoctrinated with pseudoscientific beliefs and will leave school with warped and restricted views of reality.’
- 1.1archaic Teach or instruct (someone)‘he indoctrinated them in systematic theology’
Early 17th century: formerly also as endoctrinate): from en-, in- ‘into’ + doctrine + -ate, or from obsolete indoctrine (verb), from French endoctriner, based on doctrine ‘doctrine’.
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