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.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

A master that . . . took much delight in indoctrinating his young, unexperienced favorite. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [PJC]

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