self-discipline love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Training and control of oneself and one's conduct, usually for personal improvement.

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  • n. Control of oneself, willpower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Correction or government of one's self for the sake of improvement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of practicing self discipline
  • n. the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses


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  • The definition of self-discipline is the ability to regulate one’s conduct by principle and sound judgment, rather than by impulse, desire, or social custom.

    Do You Know Who I Am?

  • Abolitionists continued the movement of the Founding Fathers to replace external controls over the people with strict self-discipline.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • They faced what the historian Daniel Horowitz calls “the dilemma materialism posed to the values of hard work, saving, and self-discipline.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The problem with the discipline of the gallows, the lash, and the sword, according to these revolutionaries, was that it was far less effective than individual self-discipline in keeping social order.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Disease, rape, beatings, murder, and riots were so common that reformers in the nineteenth century developed a new kind of correctional system that reflected the American ideal of self-discipline and was in many ways more severe than the original dungeons.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • It asked him to rate the candidate on “interest in math,” “self-discipline” and “problem-solving skills.”

    America's best high school soft on math?

  • They self-discipline because they made up the rules, he said.

    Youths get taste of culinary world

  • These classes give students confidence, a record of achievement, and self-discipline that helps with academic work.

    Maureen Costello: The Secret to Making Schools Great

  • I used to think that Barack Obama might match Washington and Lincoln in having the sort of self-discipline that keeps vanity in check.

    Presidential vanities

  • Probably I'm just thrown by Quinto's boyishness, but I don't see any signs in his Spock of this side of Spock, of either his self-discipline or his openness.

    Lance Mannion:


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