disciplinarian

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

noun

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

adjective

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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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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