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Meaning of DISCIPLE

Pronunciation:  di'sIpul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another

DISCIPLE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: adherent
 See Also: absolutist, amoralist, animist, antinomian, Apostle, Aristotelean, Aristotelian, Arminian, diabolist, dualist, follower, Hinayanist, Hussite, Jainist, Lamaist, Lutheran, Mahayanist, Mithraist, Peripatetic, Rasta, Rastafarian, Satanist, Shintoist, Sikh, Socinian, Tantrist, Tao, Taoist, Trinitarian, Unitarian, votary, Zen Buddhist, Zoroastrian



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*ci"ple\, n. [OE. disciple, deciple, OF. disciple,
    fr. L. discipulus, fr. discere to learn (akin to docere to
    teach; see {Docile}) + prob. a root meaning to turn or drive,
    as in L. pellere to drive (see {Pulse}).]
    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; as, the disciples of Plato; the disciples of our
    {The disciples}, or {The twelve disciples}, the twelve
       selected companions of Jesus; -- also called {the
    {Disciples of Christ}. See {Christian}, n., 3, and
    Syn: Learner; scholar; pupil; follower; adherent.
  2. \Dis*ci"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discipled}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Discipling}.]
    1. To teach; to train. [Obs.]
             That better were in virtues discipled. --Spenser.
    2. To punish; to discipline. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
    3. To make disciples of; to convert to doctrines or
       principles. [R.]
             Sending missionaries to disciple all nations. --E.
                                                   D. Griffin.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a scholar, sometimes applied to the followers of John the Baptist (Matt. 9:14), and of the Pharisees (22:16), but principally to the followers of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who (1) believes his doctrine, (2) rests on his sacrifice, (3) imbibes his spirit, and (4) imitates his example (Matt. 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 33; John 6:69).

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