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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Colleges inculcate a subtle disdain for work, he said.
▪ However hard parents try to inculcate a sense of responsibility in their children, the habits of childhood die hard.
▪ I have tried to inculcate in my pupils an attitude of intelligent laziness.
▪ Nor are we going to preach about the importance of inculcating children with the habit of thrift.
▪ One collection of such gives insight into the literal way spiritual truths were inculcated.
▪ Religion was important here, inculcating as it did the traditions of service and good works.
▪ The effort to inculcate ethical behavior without religious faith seems one of the great fiascoes of the modern age.
▪ Third, the proposals had to experiment with the new concepts that the change leaders hoped to inculcate.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Inculcate \In*cul"cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inculcated; p. pr. & vb. n. Inculcating.] [L. inculcatus, p. p. of inculcare to tread on; pref. in- in, on + calcare to tread, fr. calx the heel; perh. akin to E. heel. Cf. 2d Calk, Heel.] To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; to urge on the mind; as, Christ inculcates on his followers humility.

The most obvious and necessary duties of life they have not yet had authority enough to enforce and inculcate upon men's minds.
--S. Clarke.

Syn: To instill; infuse; implant; engraft; impress.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from Latin inculcatus, past participle of inculcare "force upon, stamp in, tread down," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + calcare "to tread, press in," from calx (1) "heel." Related: Inculcated; inculcating.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To teach by repeated instruction. 2 (context transitive English) To induce understanding or a particular sentiment in a person or persons.


v. teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; "inculcate values into the young generation" [syn: instill, infuse]

Usage examples of "inculcate".

Whatever inculcates pure, noble, and patriotic sentiments, or touches the heart with the beauty of virtue, and the excellence of an upright life, accords with the religion of Masonry, and is the Gospel of literature and art.

In him Sassi had still been able to respect those traditional Ciceronian virtues which were inculcated with terrific severity in the Roman youth of fifty years ago.

An exclusive zeal for the truth of religion, and the unity of God, was as carefully inculcated in the new as in the ancient system: and whatever was now revealed to mankind concerning the nature and designs of the Supreme Being, was fitted to increase their reverence for that mysterious doctrine.

No stopping of the Tracts can, humanly speaking, stop the spread of the opinions which they have inculcated.

This decree, with its exegesis by Zhdanov, who was put in charge of carrying out reforms, and the much-publicized purges in both the arts and the sciences, all express a common reaction against Western trends within Soviet culture and a renewed emphasis on the didactic role of art, with its special obligation of inculcating the ideals of Soviet patriotism.

We are growing gradually used to conditions that would once have seemed intolerable and getting to have less of the consumer mentality which both Socialists and capitalists did their best to inculcate in times of peace.

A culture that has less than that attunement is a sick culture, and a society that inculcates less than that attunement is a sick society, and a medical establishment that promotes less than that attunement is a sick establishment.

He strongly held all those wise tenets, which are so well inculcated in that Politico-Peripatetic school of Exchange-alley.

Beyond these lay the complexities of Tantra and the mastery not merely of their texts but also the controlled visionary and psychological practices they inculcated.

I had about thirty volumes, all more or less against the Papacy, religion, or the virtues inculcated thereby.

This air of indifference, which imposed upon the worthy Dodsley, was certainly nothing but a specimen of that dissimulation which Lord Chesterfield inculcated as one of the most essential lessons for the conduct of life.

Now, since all Sofia's reading had inculcated the belief that the enterprising kidnapper always made off with his victim by way of dark bystreets and unsavoury neighbourhoods, she felt somewhat reassured.

When they are desirous of arming their disciples against the fear of death, they inculcate, as an obvious, though melancholy position, that the fatal stroke of our dissolution releases us from the calamities of life.

The key would be to reform the Iraqi military thoroughly, to depoliticize it and inculcate professional values and a commitment to civilian rule.

  These new advocates of prerogative were heard with pleasure by the court, and with patience by the people, when they inculcated the duty of passive obedience, and descanted on the inevitable mischiefs of freedom.