discipline
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɪ.sə.plɪn/
Noun

discipline

  1. A controlled behaviour; self-control.
    • The most perfect, who have their passions in the best discipline, are yet obliged to be constantly on their guard.
  2. An enforced compliance or control.
  3. A systematic method of obtaining obedience.
    • Discipline aims at the removal of bad habits and the substitution of good ones, especially those of order, regularity, and obedience.
    • Bible (New International Version), Hebrews 12:7:
      Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
  4. A state of order based on submission to authority.
    • Their wildness lose, and, quitting nature's part, / Obey the rules and discipline of art.
  5. A punishment to train or maintain control.
    • giving her the discipline of the strap
  6. (Catholicism) A whip used for self-flagellation.
  7. A set of rules regulating behaviour.
  8. A flagellation as a means of obtaining sexual gratification.
  9. A specific branch of knowledge or learning.
  10. A category in which a certain art, sport or other activity belongs.
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discipline (disciplines, present participle disciplining; past and past participle disciplined)

  1. (transitive) To train someone by instruction and practice.
  2. (transitive) To teach someone to obey authority.
  3. (transitive) To punish someone in order to (re)gain control.
  4. (transitive) To impose order on someone.
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