dis·​ci·​pli·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌdi-sə-plə-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce disciplinarian (audio) \

Definition of disciplinarian

: one who disciplines or enforces order

Other Words from disciplinarian

disciplinarian adjective

Examples of disciplinarian in a Sentence

The school's principal is a strict disciplinarian.
Recent Examples on the Web Janet had no desire to become a singer, but her father, Joe Jackson, a strict disciplinarian whose laser-like focus uplifted his family from poverty, had different ideas. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 29 Jan. 2022 When having vulnerable conversations, Bond recommends sitting next to your child rather than sitting across the table — which is often where a disciplinarian is when reprimanding someone. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2021 Sporting long-ish red hair and salt-and-pepper sideburns that wouldn’t last a second in the presence of a West Point disciplinarian. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021 Jordan was what people now call a strict disciplinarian. Arkansas Online, 28 June 2021 Glyn was also—unexpectedly for those of us who thought communists were louche types with disdain for the protocols of petit bourgeois society—a rigid disciplinarian. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 21 June 2021 Both were fined $500 by MLB disciplinarian Bob Watson, who said the managers were inflaming the situation instead of acting as peacemakers. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 17 June 2021 The Ravens needed a disciplinarian, a coach who was more involved with a team concept instead of the star system. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 7 Nov. 2020 The film follows Yokohama Hayato High School, coached by Mizutani, a stern disciplinarian who is emblematic of the traditional ways. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of disciplinarian

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disciplinarian

disciplin(ary) + -arian

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“Disciplinarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disciplinarian. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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