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Definition of discipline (Meaning of discipline)
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Discipline Dis`ci*pline, n. [F. discipline, L. disciplina,
	     from discipulus. See {Disciple}.]
	     1. The treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education;
	        development of the faculties by instruction and exercise;
	        training, whether physical, mental, or moral.
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	              Wife and children are a kind of discipline of
	              humanity.                             --Bacon.
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	              Discipline aims at the removal of bad habits and the
	              substitution of good ones, especially those of
	              order, regularity, and obedience.     --C. J. Smith.
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	     2. Training to act in accordance with established rules;
	        accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill.
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	              Their wildness lose, and, quitting nature's part,
	              Obey the rules and discipline of art. --Dryden.
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	     3. Subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control;
	        habit of obedience.
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	              The most perfect, who have their passions in the
	              best discipline, are yet obliged to be constantly on
	              their guard.                          --Rogers.
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	     4. Severe training, corrective of faults; instruction by
	        means of misfortune, suffering, punishment, etc.
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	              A sharp discipline of half a century had sufficed to
	              educate us.                           --Macaulay.
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	     5. Correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of
	        correction and training.
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	              Giving her the discipline of the strap. --Addison.
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	     6. The subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge.
	        --Bp. Wilkins.
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	     7. (Eccl.) The enforcement of methods of correction against
	        one guilty of ecclesiastical offenses; reformatory or
	        penal action toward a church member.
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	     8. (R. C. Ch.) Self-inflicted and voluntary corporal
	        punishment, as penance, or otherwise; specifically, a
	        penitential scourge.
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	     9. (Eccl.) A system of essential rules and duties; as, the
	        Romish or Anglican discipline.
	
	     Syn: Education; instruction; training; culture; correction;
	          chastisement; punishment.
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	  Discipline Dis"ci*pline, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disciplined}; p.
	     pr. & vb. n. {Disciplining}.] [Cf. LL. disciplinarian to
	     flog, fr. L. disciplina discipline, and F. discipliner to
	     discipline.]
	     1. To educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to
	        train.
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	     2. To accustom to regular and systematic action; to bring
	        under control so as to act systematically; to train to act
	        together under orders; to teach subordination to; to form
	        a habit of obedience in; to drill.
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	              Ill armed, and worse disciplined.     --Clarendon.
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	              His mind . . . imperfectly disciplined by nature.
	                                                    --Macaulay.
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	     3. To improve by corrective and penal methods; to chastise;
	        to correct.
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	              Has he disciplined Aufidius soundly?  --Shak.
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	     4. To inflict ecclesiastical censures and penalties upon.
	
	     Syn: To train; form; teach; instruct; bring up; regulate;
	          correct; chasten; chastise; punish.
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