from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles.
  • transitive v. To imbue with a partisan or ideological point of view: a generation of children who had been indoctrinated against the values of their parents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to teach with a biased , one-sided or uncritical ideology.
  • v. to brainwash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To instruct in the rudiments or principles of learning, or of a branch of learning; to imbue with learning; to teach; -- often followed by in.
  • transitive v. To instruct in, or imbue with, doctrines, principles or ideologies, especially from a specific point of view which may be partisan or biased; to strongly press one's own point of view upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To imbue with learning, or with a particular doctrine or principle; cause to hold as a doctrine or belief; instruct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. teach doctrines to; teach uncritically


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  • The word indoctrinate is quite often used to point out how the other group whose ideas are in opposition to one's own, are cloaking their motives as "proper" education; yet, in actuality, a certain amount of indoctrination is required in order to establish and maintain societal norms.


  • One reasons progressives oppose school choice is that the majority of school teachers are tilting toward a secular-statist point of view, and progressives treasure the opportunity to indoctrinate young minds (the code words for this in the debate are things like protecting the "shared experience" which sounds like indoctrination to me).

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  • Well, yes, "indoctrinate" sounds bad, but it's also a word with a fairly concrete meaning, and it's hard to see why it shouldn't be applied to religious training of children.

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  • I hope every parent who was screaming "bloody murder" about the president trying to "indoctrinate" the school children tomorrow ... read the speech (which is now posted online), and feel absolutely ashamed and embarrassed that that jumped to such assumptions.

    Obama speech to school children: 'You make your own future'

  • Republican Party of Florida says Obama will "indoctrinate" schoolchildren with "socialist ideology"

    PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Fact vs. fiction

  • Really, America: did you actually think that the President of the United States (of either party), would have used the occasion of a speech to the country's students as an attempt to "indoctrinate"???

    Florida GOP chair: WH 'redid the lesson plans'

  • CNN: Florida GOP chair: Obama trying to 'indoctrinate' children

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  • Florida GOP chair: Obama trying to 'indoctrinate' children

    Florida GOP chair: Obama trying to 'indoctrinate' children

  • The people mad about the President daring to "indoctrinate" their children are the people who said nothing when Ronald Reagan talked favorably about tax cuts to schoolkids, when George Bush sat in a classroom on 9/11, and when they waged a campaign to put PRAYER in American schools.

    Pawlently takes aim at Obama's address to students

  • So what, the POTUS can't speak in public anymore in fear that he may "indoctrinate" those with malleable minds?

    Florida GOP chair: Obama trying to 'indoctrinate' children


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