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disciplinarian

[ dis-uh-pluh-nair-ee-uhn ]
/ ˌdɪs ə pləˈnɛər i ən /
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noun

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

adjective

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Origin of disciplinarian

First recorded in 1575–85; discipline + -arian
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British Dictionary definitions for disciplinarian

disciplinarian
/ (ˌdɪsɪplɪˈnɛərɪən) /

noun

a person who imposes or advocates discipline

adjective

a less common word for disciplinary
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