verb (used with object), dis·ci·plined, dis·ci·plin·ing.
Origin of discipline
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|Amy Zimmerman|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bullhooks, whippings, and electric shocks were used as the main methods of discipline and training for their exotic animals.
Four, the recruitment by the Republicans of affable-seeming candidates who had some discipline drilled into them.
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|Daniela Drake|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The truth is, that we need both the discipline of harness and the abundant nourishment of the free pasture.The Intellectual Life|=Philip Gilbert Hamerton
It commands with absolute lordship, but it can discipline for disobedience only by slow and formal judicial process.Congressional Government|Woodrow Wilson
They are cleverer than us and more powerful than us; and we have to submit to their discipline.Your United States|Arnold Bennett
There was to be a class war, and numbers schooled to discipline by industrial organization were to win.New Worlds For Old|Herbert George Wells
The condition in which a camp site is left by an organization will clearly indicate the efficiency and discipline in a command.Military Instructors Manual|James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Word Origin 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.