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[dis-uh-pluh-nair-ee-uh n] /ˌdɪs ə pləˈnɛər i ən/
a person who enforces or advocates discipline:
The teacher was a formidable disciplinarian.
Origin of disciplinarian
1575-85; discipline + -arian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As a disciplinarian he was foremost in Spain, perhaps in Europe.

  • In every capacity of life, he was a disciplinarian who could not brook any breach of rule.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • Protestants have always felt their affinity with this institutionalist, mystics with this disciplinarian.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • Threats only show weakness on the part of the disciplinarian.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • And we lost the Pipplys; whereupon Mr. Bangley Coffin regarded his family with the air of a disciplinarian.

    An American Girl in London Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • Hamilton stared at him, and it was the stern stare of a disciplinarian.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • "Don't, if you please," said Thurstane, the disciplinarian rising in him.

    Overland John William De Forest
  • Scammel was a brave and accomplished officer, and eminent as a disciplinarian.

  • The "disciplinarian" would be far better called the "peacemaker," and the "punishment" by some such word as the "adjustment."

British Dictionary definitions for disciplinarian


a person who imposes or advocates discipline
a less common word for disciplinary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disciplinarian

"one who enforces order," 1630s, see discipline; earlier used of Puritans who wanted to establish the Presbyterian "discipline" in England (1580s). Meaning "advocate of greater discipline" is from 1746.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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