- 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.
verb (used with object), dis·ci·pled, dis·ci·pling.
- disciform degeneration,
- disciples of christ,
Origin of disciple
Examples from the Web for disciples
Buddhist and Hindu literature is rich with stories of disciples finally learning to surrender in this way.Is India’s Fallen ‘God-Man’ So Different From a Megachurch Pastor?|Jay Michaelson|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On August 9, 1969, Manson sent four of his disciples to invade the home of film director Roman Polanski, who was away on a shoot.
To James, and to his disciples—of which there were many—Booker was not like them.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Qutb himself did not make the Caliphate central to his thought, but his disciples saw it as the only antidote to jahiliyyah.
In all likelihood, he was—like his disciples and contemporaries—dark-haired, dark-eyed, and olive-skinned.Yes, Megyn Kelly, Santa Can Be Black (and Jesus, Too)|Jamelle Bouie|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The two brothers did so, and they became Christ's disciples.When Were Our Gospels Written?|Charles Bradlaugh
He seems never to have attempted any proof with his disciples.Theology and the Social Consciousness|Henry Churchill King
Already her army of disciples speak of her reverently as "Our Mother."Christian Science|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The rage of the disciples broke out immediately against Romuald.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
The Disciples began on the frontier and moved westward with it.An American Religious Movement|Winfred Ernest Douglas
Word Origin 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).