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

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disciplinarian adjective

Examples of disciplinarian in a Sentence

The school's principal is a strict disciplinarian.

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That the term doesn’t exist says less about mothers’ senses of humor, which are just as corny as fathers’, than about restrictive gender roles that cast women as humorless disciplinarians. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Dad Defends Dad Jokes," 12 June 2019 The school’s disciplinarian back then, the great Jeannette Jones, who died in December, was so strict even parents could be scared of her. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘Up there to humiliate:’ Seattle school’s detention list sparks debate about shaming," 30 Mar. 2019 His father was chief deputy of detectives for the Chicago Police Department and a disciplinarian who insisted Gen. Healy and his three brothers eat at the dinner table in coat and tie, seated on the edge of their chairs. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Michael Healy, Army major general who led Green Berets in Vietnam, dies at 91," 23 Apr. 2018 Parents get so used to being the boss and the teacher and the disciplinarian and the banker and the manners-minder that sometimes just enjoying your kid gets pushed off the schedule. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Frustrated parent needs to just enjoy silent, challenging son," 9 Oct. 2018 Our attention is called to the many things Bobby and David and Eddy didn’t have in common, and how David’s warmly loving father may have been a far more stabilizing influence than the strict disciplinarian who raised Eddy. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "When triplets are separated — then reunited," 4 July 2018 Lauer is a strict disciplinarian who will get the most out of his players and will keep them in line. Richard Obert, azcentral, "10 new Arizona high school football coaches who could make an immediate impact," 10 July 2018 Police are not disciplinarians How a police officer will respond to student discipline was addressed in the agreement made with the city of Covington, said Ken Kippenbrock, school district director of pupil personnel, safety and security. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "After more than a year without police, officers return to Covington schools following DOJ decision," 11 May 2018 My dad was an outstanding teacher and disciplinarian. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Cartoonist George Booth and His Pet Projects," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of disciplinarian

1639, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disciplinarian

disciplin(ary) + -arian

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English Language Learners Definition of disciplinarian

: a person who is very strict about punishing bad behavior : a person who uses discipline as a way of making sure that rules or orders are obeyed

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