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His time in the army instilled him with confidence and discipline.
  to put ideas, principles, or teachings into another’s mind
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Something is typically instilled gradually over time with repeated teaching, example, or admonition.
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  • His time in the army instilled him with confidence and discipline.
  • Her parents instilled the lesson that it is more important to be a good person than to be a successful person.
  • Her presence instilled faith into the children
  • As we tried to instill in each of our subjects over and over,WICKED is good.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • There was a newfound confidence there, something instilled in him through becoming a Two, becoming a soldier.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • It seems that by the time you get to your fourth child, your desire to instill certain values goes out the window.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Or three, someone in the hotel knows about the bomb-children and was able to remove it, put it in a plastic baggie, and conduct a seminar on how to instill panic and paranoia among the dopey humans.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • But my years in Tarbean had instilled an iron-hard practicality.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It was she who instilled theatre in all of us.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • After all, a city that had gone wild would not instill much confidence in potential business investors.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire

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  • No matter how much fear and suspicion he instilled in the players, Sam Westing knew that greed would keep them playing the game.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • I hate him for instilling awful things in my memory and somehow making me grieve for him in the midst of all the awful.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The regulators are blaming Mr. and Mrs. Marks—and the whole extended family—for not instilling in her a proper education, and only a few days after she was supposedly found in Deering Oaks Park, I overhear my aunt and uncle whispering that both of Willow’s parents have been fired from their jobs.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • In her own eyes Mrs. Brown felt as though she was instilling values into the children that their likker-swilling, devil-dancing, illiterate parents. could never do.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Reporters didn’t instill trust in people.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • A habit Joe Trivole instilled back in the Fuller Brush days.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • No one had instilled into him this love for Pierre whom he saw only occasionally.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • My siblings had already instilled the notion of black pride in me.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • According to his family, in his quiet, private way, Phil was a deeply religious man, carrying a faith instilled in him by his parents.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • In that first week, while we were trying to avoid freezing to death, they instilled in us three words which have been with me ever since.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • His smooth economical movements were like Jocelyn’s, but the control with which he moved must have been instilled in him by Valentine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Because it has instilled a new passion in your heart—that of vengeance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He needs special attention, discipline that only I know how to instill.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • It will be difficult to break the habits of thinking Abnegation instilled in me, like tugging a single thread from a complex work of embroidery.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Perhaps it was the poetry that made him different, or perhaps it was the values his father had instilled in him, growing up.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • A code that would instill discipline, restrain passion, and order his steps.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The old walrus in fact managed to instill in me a great and burning ambition; it had simply found expression in an unintended pursuit.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The threat of Bologna to others had instilled in Doc Daneeka an even more poignant solicitude for his own safety.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • His childhood’s sense of superiority, instilled into him by the favours of old Mr. Earnshaw, was faded away.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She seemed to possess by instinct all the household wisdom that his long apprenticeship had not instilled in him.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • If either I or the state of Arizona was going to instill in this child a sense of security, discussing her future and ownership as though she were an item of commerce wasn’t the way to do it.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • He instills confidence in his troops.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • The sufferings of the first six years of her life had instilled something passive into her nature.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Time to instill knowledge!
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Nor would it be enough to simply instill fear-for he knew that fear often made those in peril fight harder.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I’ll train the girl, teach her how to protect herself and instill in her how to control the magic of Air.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • After a couple of years, the Captain raised Dad to section foreman, taught him how to lead men and operate and ventilate a mine, and instilled in him a vision of the town.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Once more, I glanced up at her and once more I met her eyes, dark and sombre, in that white face of hers, instilling into me, I knew not why, a strange feeling of disquiet, of foreboding.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I believed he was naturally a man of better tendencies, higher principles, and purer tastes than such as circumstances had developed, education instilled, or destiny encouraged.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Branching out on a different level, I enlisted in the United States Air Force, discovering historical values and an instilled sense of pride and belonging that until then, I had never known.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • All the courtesy, all the gentleness Ellen had striven to instill in her had fallen away from her as quickly as leaves fall from trees in the first chill wind of autumn.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Having prepared his mind, by solitude and gloom, to prefer any society to the companionship of his own sad thoughts in such a dreary place, he was now slowly instilling into his soul the poison which he hoped would blacken it, and change its hue for ever.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He tried his utmost to corrupt the pure principles my grandmother had instilled.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • The god who girdles earth, even as he spoke, struck both men with his staff, instilling fury, making them springy, light of foot and hand.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • And we are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Ah, yes, those indescribably glorious days, in which the Founder was building the dream not only here in this then barren valley, but hither and yonder throughout the land, instilling the dream in the hearts of the people.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I attempt to instill a bunch of bobby-soxers and drug-store Romeos with reverence for Hawthorne and Whitman and Poe!
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • But my mother has instilled so many positive values in me it would be hard to even try to get on the wrong track.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • That interview instilled In Meme the same feeling of bravery that she had felt on the drunken evening.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • If properly summoned, the invisible forces could be persuaded to do a practitioner’s bidding on earth . thus instilling him with seemingly supernatural power.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
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