Discipline

Definition of Discipline

Dis`ci`pline
n.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.
v. t.1.To educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to train.
[imp. & p. p. Disciplined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Disciplining.]
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.

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