Inculcate – verb: to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions.
Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.
What a clunky word. Sounds like a medical procedure. If you left off the last phrase of the example sentence, it would sound like Socrates had vision problems.
Socractes inculcated his pupils.
Maybe he used eye-drops.
But he’s talking about the love of truth.
Love and truth. Two beautiful words. Noble concepts. What a better place the world would be with more love of truth. Or just more love, for that matter.
So let’s inculcate truth. Sounds like something politicians do all the time.
Let’s inculcate love. Yikes.
Why not use a word everybody understands? One that has the same air of nobility as love and truth?
How about instill?
Socrates instilled his pupils with the love of truth.
I like that better.
The meaning is clear. The thought is uplifting.
Just because words are out there, doesn’t mean we have to use them.