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I think they worried that my grandfather would infect me with some incurable dreaminess from which I’d never recover—that these fantasies were somehow inoculating me against more practical ambitions—so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered.
Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  vaccinate (inject or otherwise introduce a weakened germ or other substance to

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inoculation inoculated inoculate inoculating inoculates
"Inoculate" is also used metaphorically to indicate, for example, that one was protected from dangerous ideas, by early exposure in a safe environment.
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  • I think they worried that my grandfather would infect me with some incurable dreaminess from which I’d never recover—that these fantasies were somehow inoculating me against more practical ambitions—so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn’t become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • All I can say is that she was likely born sometime after 1920; that’s when public inoculation came in."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Salk would inoculate 2 million children and the NFIP would test their blood to see if they’d become immune.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • "Tropical workers start being inoculated at Metre 150," Mr. Foster explained to the students.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • They are giving themselves a sad malady; they are inoculating themselves with the past.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • You should not have believ’d me; for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it: I loved you not.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • De Becker, whose firm provides security for public figures, puts his bodyguards through a program of what he calls stress inoculation.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • ) LYNCH: (Laughs) And to such delights has Metchnikoff inoculated anthropoid apes.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He took him into business and tried to inoculate him with the joys of buying and selling, of outwitting other men, of judging them for a bluff, of living by maneuver.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • Weeping mothers brought bawling children to the health center for inoculation.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • One month after the experiments, almost none of the subjects — a mere 3 percent — had actually gone to the health center to get inoculated.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • They worked two days in the holdingpens branding and earmarking and castrating and dehorning and inoculating.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Folks began to comprehend the germ theory of disease in the nineteenth century, of course, after Louis Pasteur, but until they could do something about it, until the age of inoculation, illness remained frightening and mysterious.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And so national that it would be practically impossible among us, though I believe we are being inoculated with it, since the religious movement began in our aristocracy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But the boredom of regime and hygiene repelled him, and after inoculating a man for enteric, he would go away and drink unfiltered water himself.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • They were merely inoculating a community against an outbreak.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The physiology, the chemical rhythm of the creature, may also be made to undergo an enduring modification,—of which vaccination and other methods of inoculation with living or dead matter are examples that will, no doubt, be familiar to you.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Examining his complaint with as much scientific detachment as if he had inoculated himself with it in order to study its effects, he told himself that, when he was cured of it, what Odette might or might not do would be indifferent to him.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But having fallen in love with him, she had become inoculated with the virus of Evangelism and proselytizing which dominated him, and had followed him gladly and enthusiastically in all of his ventures and through all of his vagaries.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I have heard that an early inoculation to’the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It was a bittersweet time, for I longed to speak of all the things I loved, our little house with the rain beating on our metal roof, visiting the Kikuyu shambas, calming the fears of the mothers when they brought their children in to be inoculated, the thrill of hearing the roar of a lion at night when I was safe inside our house.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • He laughed at the girl’s story of the humors of a hunger-strike; he told the secretary what to do when her eyes were tired from typing; and the teacher asked him—not as the husband of a friend but as a physician—whether there was "anything to this inoculation for colds."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Why didn’t he get on with it, on to the entertainingly dreadful moment of inoculating the pig?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • You have a vaccine; we should be inoculated at once!
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • When he launched a crusade against an outbreak of malaria, Celia inoculated schoolchildren.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • John had known him since the smallpox epidemic of 1764, when John had gone to Boston to be inoculated.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • So the strict, book-based religion of the deuteronomists inoculated the Hebrews against the Asherah virus.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • That night, after dinner, they performed the inoculation, a lengthy process, without getting the slightest reaction.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • And they had not only inoculated their military, they were performing forced inoculations as fast as they could get the nannites distributed.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Full-grown, he was a burly figure, about five feet ten inches tall, with the arms and shoulders of a foundryman, and handsome, though an inoculation for smallpox had left a cloudy spot in his right eye.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Nita’s informant among the GPs provided her with the inoculation serum months ago.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • They also contain a multitude of Europeans who have been driven to the shores of the New World by their misfortunes or their misconduct; and these men inoculate the United States with all our vices, without bringing with them any of those interests which counteract their baneful influence.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • …all reformers are, it will thrust you first into religion, where you will sprinkle water on babies to save their souls from me; then it will drive you from religion into science, where you will snatch the babies from the water sprinkling and inoculate them with disease to save them from catching it accidentally; then you will take to politics, where you will become the catspaw of corrupt functionaries and the henchman of ambitious humbugs; and the end will be despair and decrepitude,…
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I shall now inoculate the second guinea pig, and the class will be dismissed.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "Such a spirit of inoculation" had never been known, Abigail reported.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • From Abigail came word that she and the children, having survived the long ordeal of inoculation in Boston, were at last home again in Braintree.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Because of the outbreak of smallpox in Boston, thousands of people had come in from the surrounding countryside to be inoculated.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He wished the whole populace could be inoculated.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Then, on July 16, came a letter from Abigail’s uncle, Isaac Smith, reporting that Abigail, acting on her own, had decided that she and the children must be inoculated for smallpox.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He produced antitoxin in the test-tube, which meant that it would be possible to immunize against certain diseases without tediously making sera by the inoculation of animals.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • During the terrible smallpox epidemic of 1764, when Boston became "one great hospital," he went to the city to be inoculated, an often harrowing, potentially fatal ordeal extending over many days.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Overflowing with energy and goodwill, he was ardent for reform of all kinds: smallpox inoculation for the poor, humane care for the insane, reform of the penal code, but especially for the abolition of slavery.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In that listless state he was mooning about the laboratory during elementary bacteriology demonstration hour, when Gottlieb sent him to the basement to bring up six male rabbits for inoculation.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • It was there, in Boston, that smallpox inoculation had been introduced in America more than half a century earlier, and by a kinsman of Adams, Dr. Zabdiel Boylston, Adams’s great uncle on his mother’s side.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • While the assistant tagged the pig with a tin disk in its ear and restored it to the battery jar, Gottlieb set down its weight in a note-book, with the time of inoculation and the age of the bacterial culture.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The ordeal of the patient, however, could be considerable, as Adams knew from all he had seen at the time he was inoculated, and largely because of various purges that were thought essential to recovery.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • They don’t know that, a few hours ago, all of us were inoculated against truth serum.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • It was said that he could create life in the laboratory, that he could talk to the monkeys which he inoculated, that he had been driven out of Germany as a devil-worshiper or an anarchist, and that he secretly drank real champagne every evening at dinner.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The Sudanese had officially rejected it, inoculated their military and government officials and their allies, and denied it to any resident of Darfur.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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