transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: probably from Middle English endoctrinen, from Anglo-French endoctriner, from en- + doctrine doctrine Date: 1626 1. to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments ;teach2. to imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle • indoctrinationnoun • indoctrinatornoun
v.tr. 1 teach (a person or group) systematically or for a long period to accept (esp. partisan or tendentious) ideas uncritically. 2 teach, instruct. Derivatives: indoctrination n. indoctrinator n. Etymology: IN-(2) + DOCTRINE + -ATE(3)
Indoctrinate In*doc"tri*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Indoctrinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Indoctrinating.] [Pref. in- in + L. doctrina doctrine: cf. F. endoctriner.] To instruct in the rudiments or principles of learning, or of a branch of learning; to imbue with learning; to instruct in, or imbue with, principles or doctrines; to teach; -- often followed by in. A master that . . . took much delight in indoctrinating his young, unexperienced favorite. --Clarendon.
(indoctrinates, indoctrinating, indoctrinated) If people are indoctrinated, they are taught a particular belief with the aim that they will reject other beliefs. They have been completely indoctrinated...I wouldn't say that she was trying to indoctrinate us.= brainwash VERB: be V-ed, V n [disapproval] • indoctrination...political indoctrination classes.