disciplinarian

[dis-uh-pluh-nair-ee-uh n]

noun

a person who enforces or advocates discipline: The teacher was a formidable disciplinarian.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. disciples,
  2. disciples of christ,
  3. discipleship,
  4. disciplinable,
  5. disciplinant,
  6. disciplinary,
  7. discipline,
  8. disciplined,
  9. discission,
  10. discitis

Origin of disciplinarian

First recorded in 1575–85; discipline + -arian

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British Dictionary definitions for disciplinarian

disciplinarian

noun

a person who imposes or advocates discipline

adjective

a less common word for disciplinary
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Word Origin and History for disciplinarian

disciplinarian

n.

"one who enforces order," 1630s, see discipline; earlier used of Puritans who wanted to establish the Presbyterian "discipline" in England (1580s). Meaning "advocate of greater discipline" is from 1746.

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