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Meaning of discipline by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old English, from Old French descipline, from Latin disciplina ( “instruction” ) and discipulus ( “pupil” ), from discere ( “to learn” ), from Proto-Indo-European *dek- ( “( cause to ) accept” ) .


    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈdɪ.sə.plɪn/



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Explanation of discipline by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

    2. The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently
    3. develop ( children's ) behavior by instruction and practice

    4. Parents must discipline their children
    1. training to improve strength or self-control

    2. the act of punishing

    3. the offenders deserved the harsh discipline they received
    4. the trait of being well behaved

    5. he insisted on discipline among the troops
    6. a system of rules of conduct or method of practice

    7. he quickly learned the discipline of prison routine
      for such a plan to work requires discipline
    8. a branch of knowledge

    9. in what discipline is his doctorate?

    Definition of discipline by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Discipline n. [F. discipline, L. disciplina, from discipulus. See Disciple.]
      1. The treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral.

      Wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity. Bacon.

      Discipline aims at the removal of bad habits and the substitution of good ones, especially those of order, regularity, and obedience. C. J. Smith.

      2. Training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill.

      Their wildness lose, and, quitting nature's part,

      Obey the rules and discipline of art. Dryden.

      3. Subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience.

      The most perfect, who have their passions in the best discipline, are yet obliged to be constantly on their guard. Rogers.

      4. Severe training, corrective of faults; instruction by means of misfortune, suffering, punishment, etc.

      A sharp discipline of half a century had sufficed to educate us. Macaulay.

      5. Correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.

      Giving her the discipline of the strap. Addison.

      6. The subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge. Bp. Wilkins.

      7. ( Eccl. ) The enforcement of methods of correction against one guilty of ecclesiastical offenses; reformatory or penal action toward a church member.

      8. ( R. C. Ch. ) Self-inflicted and voluntary corporal punishment, as penance, or otherwise; specifically, a penitential scourge.

      9. ( Eccl. ) A system of essential rules and duties; as, “the Romish or Anglican discipline”.

      Syn. -- Education; instruction; training; culture; correction; chastisement; punishment.

    2. Discipline v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disciplined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Disciplining.] [Cf. LL. disciplinarian to flog, fr. L. disciplina discipline, and F. discipliner to discipline.]
      1. To educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to train.

      2. To accustom to regular and systematic action; to bring under control so as to act systematically; to train to act together under orders; to teach subordination to; to form a habit of obedience in; to drill.

      Ill armed, and worse disciplined. Clarendon.

      His mind . . . imperfectly disciplined by nature. Macaulay.

      3. To improve by corrective and penal methods; to chastise; to correct.

      Has he disciplined Aufidius soundly? Shak.

      4. To inflict ecclesiastical censures and penalties upon.

      Syn. -- To train; form; teach; instruct; bring up; regulate; correct; chasten; chastise; punish.