inculcate[in kul′kāt′, in′kul kāt′]
When you teach your child over and over that lying is wrong by persistently repeating the lesson, this is an example of inculcate.
transitive verbin·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·ing, in·cul·cates
- To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill: inculcating sound principles.
- To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate: inculcate the young with a sense of duty.
Origin of inculcateLatin inculcāre, inculcāt-, to force upon : in-, on; see in–2 + calcāre, to trample (from calx, calc-, heel).
(third-person singular simple present inculcates, present participle inculcating, simple past and past participle inculcated)
From inculcātus, perfect passive participle of inculcō (“impress upon, force upon”), from in + calcō (“tread upon, trample”), from calx (“heel”).