disciple

noun dis·ci·ple \ di-ˈsī-pəl \

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 3) polity

discipleship

play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of disciple in a Sentence

  1. a disciple of Sigmund Freud

  2. a circle of dedicated disciples who conscientiously wrote down everything the prophet said

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Origin and Etymology of disciple

Middle English, from Old English discipul & Anglo-French disciple, from Late Latin and Latin; Late Latin discipulus follower of Jesus Christ in his lifetime, from Latin, pupil

Synonym Discussion of disciple

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

DISCIPLE Defined for English Language Learners

disciple

noun

Definition of disciple for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

disciple

noun dis·ci·ple \ di-ˈsī-pəl \

Definition of disciple for Students

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


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