American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
- n. An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.
- n. One of the original followers of Jesus.
- n. A member of the Disciples of Christ.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A learner; a scholar; one who receives or professes to receive instruction from another: as, the disciples of Plato.
- n. A follower; an adherent of the doctrines of another.
- n. A Baptist denomination of Christians founded in the United States by Thomas and Alexander Campbell, father and son (originally Irish Presbyterians), aud first organized by the latter as a separate body in western Virginia in 1827. The members of this denomination call themselves Disciples of Christ, and they are also known as Campbellites, or simply Christians, the last of which names is more distinctively appropriated by another denomination. (See Christian, 5.) Their original purpose was to find a basis upon which all Christians could unite, and hence they rejected all formulas or creeds but the Bible itself; but their belief is generally orthodox or evangelical, including the doctrine of the Trinity. In general, the only terms of admission to the denomination are the acceptance of the Bible as a sufficient and infallible rule of faith and practice, and adult baptism by immersion. In church government they are congregational. They have representatives in Great Britain and its colonial possessions, but exist in the greatest numbers in the western and southwestern portions of the United States.
- To teach; train; educate.
- To make a disciple or disciples of; convert to the doctrines or principles of another.
- To punish; discipline.
- n. A person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others.
- n. An active follower or adherent of someone, or some philosophy etc.
- n. Ireland miserable-looking creature of a man
- v. obsolete To train, educate, teach.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who receives instruction from another; a scholar; a learner; especially, a follower who has learned to believe in the truth of the doctrine of his teacher; an adherent in doctrine
- v. obsolete To teach; to train.
- v. obsolete To punish; to discipline.
- v. rare To make disciples of; to convert to doctrines or principles.
- n. someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
- Old English discipul, from Latin discipulus ("a pupil, learner"), from discere ("to learn"); akin to docere ("to teach"). Later influenced or superceded in Middle English by Old French deciple. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English discipul and from Old French desciple, both from Latin discipulus, pupil, from discere, to learn; see dek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As we seek to become disciples of Jesus Christ, we should never forget that the word disciple is directly related to the word discipline.”
“To fulfill the meaning of the term disciple, then, spiritual seekers need realistic attitudes.”
““By martyrdom,” the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council explained, “a disciple is transformed into an image of his Master …” (Lumen Gentium, 42).”
“Because a Christian disciple is above all a Christ-bearer, there exists”
“The disciple is bound by a grave obligation toward Christ, his Master, ever more fully to understand the truth received from Him, faithfully to proclaim it, and vigorously to defend it, never-be it understood-having recourse to means that are incompatible with the spirit of the Gospel.”
“He spoke of some of the new Frenchmen, and at great length of Pierre Lou�s, whom he described as a disciple:”
“Wearing leather and chains, Yoda helps his live-in disciple, a talking Chihuahua, "feel the force”
“Therefore, every Koran disciple is bound to be a potential killer or be killed by a Muslim who is in fact a killer.”
“We were hanging with her before her talk all in a circle around her feet as she smoked a quick one on the concrete steps outside; the word disciple comes to mind and asked what she would be speaking about.”
“There are of course masters of Zen, and the disciple is brought toward enlightenment by exchanging questions and answers with his master, and he studies the scriptures.”
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