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1 a region of activity, knowledge, or influence
  • you must choose a discipline to focus on in college

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Synonyms & Antonyms of discipline (Entry 2 of 2)

to inflict a penalty on for a fault or crime
  • the pranksters were severely disciplined for their irresponsible stunt

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punish, chastise, castigate, chasten, discipline, correct mean to inflict a penalty on in requital for wrongdoing. punish implies subjecting to a penalty for wrongdoing. punished for stealing chastise may apply to either the infliction of corporal punishment or to verbal censure or denunciation. chastised his son for neglecting his studies castigate usually implies a severe, typically public censure. an editorial castigating the entire city council chasten suggests any affliction or trial that leaves one humbled or subdued. chastened by a landslide election defeat discipline implies a punishing or chastening in order to bring under control. parents must discipline their children correct implies punishing aimed at reforming an offender. the function of prison is to correct the wrongdoer

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The first known use of discipline was in the 13th century

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“Discipline.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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to constrict the range or activity of

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