disciple

noun
dis·​ci·​ple | \ di-ˈsī-pəl How to pronounce disciple (audio) \

Definition of disciple

1 : one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: such as
a Christianity : one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ's followers according to the Gospel accounts
b : a convinced adherent of a school or individual a disciple of Freud
2 capitalized, Christianity : a member of the Disciples of Christ founded in the U.S. in 1809 that holds the Bible alone to be the rule of faith and practice, usually baptizes by immersion, and has a congregational (see congregational sense 3) polity

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discipleship \ di-​ˈsī-​pəl-​ˌship How to pronounce discipleship (audio) \ noun

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follower, adherent, disciple, partisan mean one who gives full loyalty and support to another. follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another. an evangelist and his followers adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment. adherents to Marxism disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master. disciples of Gandhi partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment. partisans of the President

Examples of disciple in a Sentence

a disciple of Sigmund Freud a circle of dedicated disciples who conscientiously wrote down everything the prophet said

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An entire subsequent generation of Brazilian musicians, including Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, are considered his disciples. Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Denver Post, "Joao Gilberto dies: Brazilian bossa nova pioneer was 88," 7 July 2019 An entire subsequent generation of Brazilian musicians, including Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, are considered his disciples. Washington Post, "Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dies at 88," 6 July 2019 Why was the book and its many disciples so persistent if there wasn’t something in it? Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "Can Everyone Please Stop Telling Me To Read The Secret?It's Not Helping," 2 July 2019 The fascist negation of religious truths, by which all political choices are to be judged, has found countless disciples in progressive circles. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019 Canham, a Casey disciple who played for the Beavers from 2005-07, has yet to hold a formal team meeting. Bob Lundeberg For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘The volatility of baseball’: Oregon State Beavers 2019 season in review," 21 June 2019 The Woody Guthrie finales — and the presence on the bill of Guthrie’s disciple, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott — invoked folk-revival nostalgia. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder," 5 June 2019 Several of Louis Pasteur’s associates and disciples, such as Charles Chamberland and Gaston Ramon, get as much space as the master himself. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Between Hope and Fear’ Review: Anxieties Immune to Reason," 16 Aug. 2018 Loyola-Chicago is the champion of the devout, the dark-horse disciples, the anarchists. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Field is set for Final Four," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disciple

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disciple

Middle English, "follower of Jesus, one of the apostles, pupil," in part going back to Old English discipul, in part borrowed from Anglo-French disciple, both borrowed from Late Latin discipulus "follower of Christ, apostle" (translation of Greek mathētḗs), going back to Latin, "pupil, learner," of uncertain origin

Note: Traditionally explained as a derivative of discere "to learn," but the second element -pulus is neither a known word nor a suffix. According to an alternative explanation, the base is nominalized from an unattested verb *discipere, putatively, "to grasp, comprehend," from dis- dis- and capere "to take, seize" (cf. disceptāre "to dispute, debate," supposedly a frequentative from this verb); this is semantically questionable, however, and -ulus is any case not an agentive suffix.

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disciple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disciple

: someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of a famous person
: one of a group of 12 men who were sent out to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ

disciple

noun
dis·​ci·​ple | \ di-ˈsī-pəl How to pronounce disciple (audio) \

Kids Definition of disciple

1 : a person who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of another
2 : apostle

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