Is there actually any difference between the words? I feel like I am perfectly capable of installing a healthy fear in someone.
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Elobarating on @Eldros answer.
You install a quantifiable object and it can be counted. (Installed one software, installed the President, installed two chairs etc.)
You instill a quality (fear, confidence) which cannot be counted
From Collins Cobuild English Dictionary:
So, definitely a difference.
To install can only be used on physical object (The excpetion would be piece of software, where it could be compared to a piece of equipment for the computer system). Thus fear, an emotion, can't be installed.
In can be instilled, as could idea and feelings. And when one instill fear, it is quite frightening, as it imply the feeling slowling creeping and taking hold on ones mind...
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