Definition of indoctrinate in English:



  • 1 Teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.

    ‘broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘If our aim is to indoctrinate students with unpatriotic beliefs,’ he said, ‘we're obviously doing a very poor job of it’.’
    • ‘According to theologian, we are all indoctrinated in the myth of redemptive violence: The basic belief that violence can create peace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At 10 he was shipped off to a Roman Catholic military academy in Los Angeles where he was indoctrinated by ‘tough Irish nuns’.’
    • ‘Nurses have been indoctrinated with the belief that doctors are capable of exercising only a cold, scientific medical model.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Has an atheist who practices religion in Borneo overcome the beliefs he was indoctrinated with?’
    • ‘Would they brainwash and indoctrinate me with utopian, sci-fi visions of an alternate reality?’
    • ‘Once you are indoctrinated into these organizations, there's no turning back.’
    • ‘In some societies children are indoctrinated in religious beliefs and values.’
    • ‘Her character talks about how having a baby indoctrinates you, like it or not, into a great big club.’
    • ‘She begs him to teach and indoctrinate her into the ways of what he does.’
    • ‘I dropped my belief in a god several years ago and I was indoctrinated in one of the most religiously oriented states in America.’
    • ‘But feminism has too fully indoctrinated us in the idea that the female position is necessarily the weaker one.’
    • ‘Each episode their singing slowly indoctrinated me into the religion known as modern music.’
    • ‘If the attempts are successful, students will be indoctrinated with pseudoscientific beliefs and will leave school with warped and restricted views of reality.’
    • ‘I was born into a staunch Roman Catholic family and was indoctrinated with those beliefs as I grew up.’
    brainwash, propagandize, proselytize, inculcate, re-educate, persuade, convince, condition, discipline, mould
    instruct, teach, school, drill, ground
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    1. 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.