- training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
- activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
- punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
- the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
- behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
- a set or system of rules and regulations.
- Ecclesiastical. the system of government regulating the practice of a church as distinguished from its doctrine.
- an instrument of punishment, especially a whip or scourge, used in the practice of self-mortification or as an instrument of chastisement in certain religious communities.
- a branch of instruction or learning: the disciplines of history and economics.
- to train by instruction and exercise; drill.
- to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.
- to punish or penalize in order to train and control; correct; chastise.
Origin of discipline
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Examples from the Web for discipline
He is an immensely talented quarterback who has dedicated his entire life to athletic excellence and discipline.Justin Bieber Isn’t Even 21, Yet Makes More Money Than Meryl Streep
November 25, 2014
Bullhooks, whippings, and electric shocks were used as the main methods of discipline and training for their exotic animals.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
Four, the recruitment by the Republicans of affable-seeming candidates who had some discipline drilled into them.The Real Reason Democrats Lost
November 6, 2014
People tend to condemn the obese because they believe that “fatness” is evidence of laziness and lack of discipline.‘The Biggest Loser’ Could Be TV’s Most Important Show Ever
September 26, 2014
The discipline required for martial arts fed into the psychology of the character, who approaches everything mission by mission.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership.
By heredity and discipline all minds are shaped to this great hour.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
That he killed a mutineer is proof of his resolute adherence to discipline.
Their discipline was lax, and many of them had left their posts, and gone off into the town.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
The first includes all the force of discipline and training.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- training or conditions imposed for the improvement of physical powers, self-control, etc
- systematic training in obedience to regulations and authority
- the state of improved behaviour, etc, resulting from such training or conditions
- punishment or chastisement
- a system of rules for behaviour, methods of practice, etc
- a branch of learning or instruction
- the laws governing members of a Church
- a scourge of knotted cords
- to improve or attempt to improve the behaviour, orderliness, etc, of by training, conditions, or rules
- to punish or correct
Word Origin and History for discipline
early 13c., "penitential chastisement; punishment," from Old French descepline (11c.) "discipline, physical punishment; teaching; suffering; martyrdom," and directly from Latin disciplina "instruction given, teaching, learning, knowledge," also "object of instruction, knowledge, science, military discipline," from discipulus (see disciple (n.)).
Sense of "treatment that corrects or punishes" is from notion of "order necessary for instruction." The Latin word is glossed in Old English by þeodscipe. Meaning "branch of instruction or education" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "military training" is from late 15c.; that of "orderly conduct as a result of training" is from c.1500.
c.1300; see discipline (n.). Related: Disciplined; disciplines; disciplining.