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ingrained (adj) (of habits, attitudes, etc.,) firmly established; deep rooted.

Ingrained habits are firmly established in a person over a long period and so are difficult to change or get rid of. An ingrained prejudice is hard to give up. Superstitions are ingrained in a person if they have had it for a long time and cannot get rid of it. Hatred for something is ingrained if it has continued in a person for a long time, and cannot be reduced, or got rid of. Ingrained dirt is under the surface of something and therefore is difficult to remove.

  • Our experience shows that science cannot eradicate superstitions, ingrained in people. The superstitions are so deep rooted that science cannot end them.
  • His ingrained dislike of hard work resulting from easy living for a long period makes him avoid any kind of exertion.
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