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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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 Eaton’s reign at Wyoming came during the era of the tyrant head coach, which featured strict disciplinarians such as Ohio State University’s Woody Hayes and Arizona State University’s Frank Kush, who expected their players’ full deference. Washington Post, "Fifty years after the ‘Black 14’ were banished, Wyoming football reckons with the past," 1 Dec. 2019 Cook and his fellow trainer, Erica Lugo, were on hand to serve as peppy cheerleaders and stern disciplinarians. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama’s Micah Collum powers into top 4 on ‘The Biggest Loser’," 17 Mar. 2020 Marsden is particularly nimble at walking the delicate line between being Sonic's disciplinarian and his pal—and delivering just enough tension before letting Sonic go ahead with his wackiest antics. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Sonic the Hedgehog film review: You can slow your roll, Sega fans," 12 Feb. 2020 Wingless Wonders’, and an ardent disciplinarian, who emitted pure professionalism with every breath. Ben Carter, SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time," 20 Aug. 2019 Employees have no independent personnel body to appeal to with complaints, and are instead told to inform party whips, in-house disciplinarians notorious for stockpiling compromising information for use in later negotiations. Ellen Barry, The Seattle Times, "‘Shocking and abhorrent’ abuse rampant in U.K. Parliament, report says," 15 Oct. 2018 His father was a strict disciplinarian who insisted that his four sons — Frederick, Charles and fraternal twins David and William — perform manual labor to foster a strong work ethic. Bill Hewitt, Washington Post, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 Her husband, Prince Philip, who functioned as the family disciplinarian, is 98 and lives in retirement at Sandringham, one of the royal estates. Mark Landler, New York Times, "In Prince Andrew Scandal, Prince Charles Emerges as Monarch-in-Waiting," 1 Dec. 2019 The elder Okonkwo was known throughout his family as a disciplinarian, and Joshua was starting to run with the wrong crowd. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Spurred by his father’s death, tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo is becoming a man for Maryland offense," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of disciplinarian was in 1598

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23 Apr 2020

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“Disciplinarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disciplinarian. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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