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discipline (ˈdɪsəˌplɪn Pronunciation for ˈdɪsəplən Pronunciation for )



  1. a branch of knowledge or learning
    1. training that develops self-control, character, or orderliness and efficiency
    2. strict control to enforce obedience
  2. the result of such training or control (; specif.,)
    1. self-control or orderly conduct
    2. acceptance of or submission to authority and control
  3. a system of rules, as for a church or monastic order
  4. treatment that corrects or punishes

transitive verb

Word forms:  ˈdisciˌplined,  ˈdisciˌplining
  1. to subject to discipline; train; control
  2. to punish

Derived Forms

ˈdisciˌplinable adjective
ˈdisciˌplinal adjective
ˈdisciˌpliner noun

Word Origin

ME < OFr descepline < L disciplina < discipulus: see disciple


View thesaurus entry
= punishment, castigation, chastisement, correction
= self-control, conduct, control, orderliness, regulation, restraint, strictness
= field of study, area, branch of knowledge, course, curriculum, speciality, subject

Translations for 'discipline'

  • American English: disciplinePronunciation for discipline Discipline is the practice of making people obey rules or standards of behavior, and punishing them when they do not....poor discipline in schools. disciplines
  • Arabic: تَأْدِيبPronunciation for تَأْدِيب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: disciplinaPronunciation for disciplina
  • Chinese: 纪律Pronunciation for 纪律
  • Croatian: disciplinaPronunciation for disciplina
  • Czech: disciplínaPronunciation for disciplína
  • Danish: disciplinPronunciation for disciplin
  • Dutch: disciplinePronunciation for discipline
  • European Spanish: disciplinaPronunciation for disciplina
  • Finnish: kuriPronunciation for kuri
  • French: disciplinePronunciation for discipline
  • German: DisziplinPronunciation for Disziplin Disziplinen
  • Greek: πειθαρχίαPronunciation for πειθαρχία
  • Italian: disciplinaPronunciation for disciplina
  • Japanese: 規律Pronunciation for 規律
  • Korean: 규율Pronunciation for 규율
  • Norwegian: disiplinPronunciation for disiplin
  • Polish: dyscyplinaPronunciation for dyscyplina
  • Portuguese: disciplinaPronunciation for disciplina
  • Romanian: disciplină
  • Russian: поддержание порядкаPronunciation for поддержание порядка
  • Spanish: disciplinaPronunciation for disciplina
  • Swedish: disciplinPronunciation for disciplin
  • Thai: ข้อบังคับPronunciation for ข้อบังคับ
  • Turkish: disiplinPronunciation for disiplin
  • Ukrainian: дисципліна
  • Vietnamese: kỷ luậtPronunciation for kỷ luật
  • American English: discipline If someone is disciplined for something that they have done wrong, they are punished for it. disciplines, disciplining, disciplinedThe workman was disciplined by his company but not dismissed.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: disciplinar
  • Chinese: 处罚处處罚罰
  • European Spanish: disciplinar
  • French: punir
  • German: bestrafen
  • Italian: sanzionare
  • Japanese: 懲戒する
  • Korean: 징계를 받다
  • Portuguese: disciplinar
  • Spanish: disciplinar

Example Sentences Including 'discipline'

First sent to the Emma Willard School in Troy, she was later remanded to the Sacred Heart Convent for more discipline.
Howker, Janni Isaac Campion (1987)


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