- one of the 12 personal followers of Christ.
- one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1.
- any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.
- any follower of Christ.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Disciples of Christ.
- a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower: a disciple of Freud.
- Archaic. to convert into a disciple.
- Obsolete. to teach; train.
Origin of disciple
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Examples from the Web for disciple
Having a guru in a body does not necessarily help a disciple advance spiritually.
Self-realized masters can get stern and even appear angry if a disciple openly manifests some undesirable character trait.
The McConnell campaign has already launched attacks against the actress as too liberal, an Obama disciple, and anti-coal.Ashley Judd Really Can Win a Senate Run Against Mitch McConnell
February 15, 2013
The rally was organized by a disciple of Meir Kahane who sits in the Knesset, Michael Ben Ari.Sound of Silence
May 24, 2012
Growing up in suburban Philadelphia, I was a disciple of Joe Paterno long before I became a Penn State student.Penn State Student: 'What Joe Paterno Taught Me About Heroes'
November 17, 2011
He has for a long time been a useful member of the Disciple Church.Cleveland Past and Present
He was a disciple of Luther, thirty-six years younger than his master.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
The disciple of Hegel will hardly become the slave of any other system-maker.Sophist
There they find the great rhetorician and his younger friend and disciple Polus.Gorgias
And what is that which the Sophist knows and makes his disciple know?Protagoras
- a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought
- one of the personal followers of Christ (including his 12 apostles) during his earthly life
Word Origin and History for disciple
Old English discipul (fem. discipula), Biblical borrowing from Latin discipulus "pupil, student, follower," said to be from discere "to learn" [OED, Watkins], from a reduplicated form of PIE root *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent).
But according to Barnhart and Klein, from a lost compound *discipere "to grasp intellectually, analyze thoroughly," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + capere "to take, take hold of" (see capable). Cf. Latin capulus "handle" from capere. Sometimes glossed in Old English by þegn (see thane).