American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill: inculcating sound principles.
- v. To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate: inculcate the young with a sense of duty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To impress by frequent admonitions, or by forcible statement or argument; enforce or stamp upon the mind.
- Synonyms Ingraft, Instil, etc. See implant.
- v. transitive To teach by repeated instruction.
- v. transitive To induce understanding or a particular sentiment in a person or persons.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; to urge on the mind.
- v. teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
- From inculcātus, perfect passive participle of inculcō ("impress upon, force upon"), from in + calcō ("tread upon, trample"), from calx ("heel"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin inculcāre, inculcāt-, to force upon : in-, on; see in-2 + calcāre, to trample (from calx, calc-, heel). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In a roundabout way Hernández teaches upper-middle-class kids a lesson that refined mothers used to inculcate from the cradle onward: If you've got it, don't flaunt it.”
“Baqwa told Sapa the essence of the day was to "inculcate" a culture of human rights.”
“Southern Command significantly broadened the school's core curriculum around the military doctrine of counterinsurgency warfare and expanded enrollment to train -- "inculcate" is the word Gill uses more than once -- Latin American militaries in the cause of anticommunism.”
“A central purpose of the schools, as stated in the basic curriculum written by Lynd, was to inculcate values in black children that were antithetical to white middle-class life.”
“Newly-minted Information, Communications and Culture Minister, Dr Rais Yatim, has called on Malaysian bloggers to help inculcate the 1Malaysia concept, as espoused by new Prime Minister, Mr. Najib Razak.”
“Pronunciation: One of the biggest difficulties a teacher faces when teaching English as a second language is to inculcate proper pronunciation in native speakers.”
“He was unparalleled in his ability to inculcate two worlds as divergent as "church" and "state.”
“Brown returned to a theme he raised during his surprise visit to the State Board of Education in January of the importance of education not only to deliver academic excellence, but also to "inculcate character.”
“Graham's comments violate the core American principle of pluralism, cited by Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins in his comments justifying the Pentagon's decision: "This Army honors all faiths and tries to inculcate our soldiers and work force with an appreciation of all faiths, and his past comments just were not appropriate for this venue.”
“Secular communities, for their part, need to inculcate a sufficient spirit of civic engagement to motivate people to give of their time and resources, and of their hearts, so that those who seek connection are not left to go bowling alone.”
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