American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Firmly established; deep-seated: ingrained prejudice; the ingrained habits of a lifetime.
- adj. Worked deeply into the texture or fiber: a carpet disfigured by ingrained dirt.
- adj. Being an element; present in the essence of a thing
- adj. Fixed, established
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of ingrain.
- adj. (used especially of ideas or principles) deeply rooted; firmly fixed or held
- ingrain + -ed (Wiktionary)
“I've always wondered if there is something genetically inherent in a redhead to be like this, or whether it's a habit ingrained from a lifetime of people just expecting that one will pop off at any given moment.”
“Since France is an old country, with a certain ingrained skepticism toward change, necessary reforms take more time to be accepted.”
“So firmly ingrained is the combat mentality that neither party believes the opposing candidate is capable of "winning" the election — only that its own candidate or campaign is capable of losing it.”
“I stooped down and picked up the paper and would you believe it – so ingrained is my Parisian sense of comme il faut – I murmured "pardon" before I read it.”
“But football comes with a warning label ingrained in every parent's worrisome mind.”
“It’s something I had ingrained from a really young age as my grandmother had a fantastic sense of the ridiculous which she passed on to my mother and my aunt as well as to me.”
“Such assumptions are ingrained, which is why I advised Republicans not to hold their collective breath “courting the black vote.””
“But it was a somewhat difficult task to overcome Karl's misgivings about himself, owing to the idea ingrained in his mind that he never could become a practical musician.”
“Alcatraz is a term deeply ingrained in our cultural consciousness as a source of mystery and curiosity, so it seems fitting that J.J. Abrams and...”
“There was always the idea ingrained in you by the Sisters of St. Joseph, by the parochial schools, that you mustn't get too big for your britches . . .”
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