1. The treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral.
Wife and children are a kind of discipline of humanity. --Bacon.
Discipline aims at the removal of bad habits and the substitution of good ones, especially those of order, regularity, and obedience. --C. J. Smith.
2. Training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill.
Their wildness lose, and, quitting nature's part,
Obey the rules and discipline of art. --Dryden.
3. Subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience.
The most perfect, who have their passions in the best discipline, are yet obliged to be constantly on their guard. --Rogers.
4. Severe training, corrective of faults; instruction by means of misfortune, suffering, punishment, etc.
A sharp discipline of half a century had sufficed to educate us. --Macaulay.
5. Correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
Giving her the discipline of the strap. --Addison.
6. The subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge.
7. Eccl. The enforcement of methods of correction against one guilty of ecclesiastical offenses; reformatory or penal action toward a church member.
8. R. C. Ch. Self-inflicted and voluntary corporal punishment, as penance, or otherwise; specifically, a penitential scourge.
9. Eccl. A system of essential rules and duties; as, the Romish or Anglican discipline.
Syn: -- Education; instruction; training; culture; correction; chastisement; punishment.
Dis·ci·pline v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disciplined p. pr. & vb. n. Disciplining.]
1. To educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to train.
2. To accustom to regular and systematic action; to bring under control so as to act systematically; to train to act together under orders; to teach subordination to; to form a habit of obedience in; to drill.
Ill armed, and worse disciplined. --Clarendon.
His mind . . . imperfectly disciplined by nature. --Macaulay.
3. To improve by corrective and penal methods; to chastise; to correct.
Has he disciplined Aufidius soundly? --Shak.
4. To inflict ecclesiastical censures and penalties upon.
Syn: -- To train; form; teach; instruct; bring up; regulate; correct; chasten; chastise; punish.
n 1: a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his
doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their
subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
[syn: subject, subject area, subject field, field,
field of study, study, bailiwick, branch of
2: a system of rules of conduct or method of practice; "he
quickly learned the discipline of prison routine" or "for
such a plan to work requires discipline";
3: the trait of being well behaved; "he insisted on discipline
among the troops" [ant: indiscipline]
4: training to improve strength or self-control
5: the act of punishing; "the offenders deserved the harsh
discipline they received" [syn: correction]
v 1: train by instruction and practice; especially to teach
self-control; "Parents must discipline their children";
"Is this dog trained?" [syn: train, check, condition]
2: punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience; "The
teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently" [syn: correct,