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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.


vb. (present participle of inculcate English)

Usage examples of "inculcating".

The extraordinary title of count of the sacred largesses was bestowed on the treasurer-general of the revenue, with the intention perhaps of inculcating, that every payment flowed from the voluntary bounty of the monarch.

This is precisely the doctrine which the present despots of the earth are inculcating, & their friends here re-echoing.

Perhaps by sending a well qualified character to stay some time in Decoigne's village, as if on other business, and to sound him and introduce the subject by degrees to his mind and that of the other heads of families, inculcating in the way of conversation, all those considerations which prove the advantages they would receive by a cession on these terms, the object might be more easily and effectually obtained than by abruptly proposing it to them at a formal treaty.

It is therefore not in strict character, however admirably satirical, that after going to school himself, he should then go abroad inculcating not what he learned there, but the folly of it.

And this they do, though our Christ has issued so many precepts inculcating virtue and restraining vice.

It was just unfortunate that Miss Spollenhauer's methods of inculcating knowledge did not appeal to Oskar.

Tarryl was not only the best mechanic he’d ever had, but she had a gift for teaching others her skills and somehow inculcating in them a more creative approach to machinery.

Whereas the level of instruction represented in the Bible story is that, pretty much, of a nursery tale of disobedience and its punishment, inculcating an attitude of dependency, fear, and respectful devotion, such as might be thought appropriate for a child in relation to a parent, the Buddhist teaching, in contrast, is for self-responsible adults.