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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Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple Herb DeLevie, this midcentury gem is full of quirky details. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Quirky midcentury home by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice asks $550K," 29 July 2019 The risen but incognito Christ is revealing himself to two stunned disciples. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: 3 Velázquez paintings alone are reason to go, now, to this San Diego show," 26 June 2019 In 1539 Rheticus moved to Frombork to work alongside the astronomer for two years and became Copernicus’s devoted disciple. National Geographic, "Copernicus's revolutionary ideas reorganized the heavens," 9 Apr. 2019 But the thing the quarterback has to do is have the patience and disciple to just give what the defense gives. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The interesting things Nick Saban said on ESPN about Tua, being ‘a shy guy,’ his future," 25 July 2019 The woman with the jar of ointment has often been said to be a prostitute; the disciples object to her presence at their gathering. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering Natalia Ginzburg," 22 July 2019 Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, two of the most successful and influential figures in music over the past two decades, are Native Tongues disciples. Julian Kimble, Washington Post, "Native Tongue festival brings together hip-hop’s past and present," 19 July 2019 Now Maws will visit his disciple’s lair, serving nostalgic Craigie dishes including fried clams, corn pasta with lobster and chicken liver cream, and pork belly. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Sally’s Sandwiches at Blackbird Doughnuts, and a Craigie on Main pop-up at Alcove," 18 July 2019 Two stars doesn't always leave enough possessions, but that shouldn't be an issue for these two Mike Krzyzewski disciples. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Six reasons Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans will be NBA's most exciting show," 21 June 2019

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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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