disciple

[dih-sahy-puhl]
noun
1.
Religion.
a.
one of the 12 personal followers of Christ.
b.
one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1.
c.
any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.
2.
any follower of Christ.
3.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Disciples of Christ.
4.
a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower: a disciple of Freud.
verb (used with object), discipled, discipling.
5.
Archaic. to convert into a disciple.
6.
Obsolete. to teach; train.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin discipulus, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -cip(ere), combining form of capere to take + -ulus -ule; replacing Middle English deciple < Anglo-French de(s)ciple; replacing Old English discipul < Latin, as above

disciplelike, adjective
discipleship, noun


4. See pupil1.
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disciple (dɪˈsaɪpəl)
 
n
1.  a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought
2.  one of the personal followers of Christ (including his 12 apostles) during his earthly life
 
[Old English discipul, from Latin discipulus pupil, from discere to learn]
 
dis'cipleship
 
n
 
discipular
 
adj

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disciple
O.E. discipul (fem. discipula), Biblical borrowing from L. discipulus "pupil," from *discipere "to grasp intellectually, analyze thoroughly," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + capere "take" (see capable).
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Disciple definition


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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Make us to esteem true discipleship above the praise of our fellowmen.
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