Definition of disciple in English:

disciple

Syllabification: dis·ci·ple
Pronunciation: /dəˈsīpəl
 
/

noun

1A personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.
More example sentences
  • Jesus' apostles and disciples in the early Church felt the importance of prayer ahead of missionary activity.
  • As Christ said to his disciples, there are certain types of devils that can only be chased by fasting, sacrifice, and prayer.
  • This woman and this man were, in the most concrete way possible, the first disciples of Christ.
Synonyms
1.1A follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher: a disciple of Rousseau
More example sentences
  • Those who had been disciples now became teachers, those who had been masters became pupils.
  • Pius II said of Catherine: ‘She seemed to have been a teacher rather than a disciple.’
  • All the great leaders, teachers and revolutionaries have been disciples of some degree, whether they were conscious of the fact or not.
Synonyms
follower, adherent, believer, admirer, devotee, acolyte, votary;
pupil, student, learner;
upholder, supporter, advocate, proponent, apologist

Origin

Old English, from Latin discipulus 'learner', from discere 'learn'; reinforced by Old French deciple.

Derivatives

discipleship

noun
More example sentences
  • The best way to make disciples is to provide for discipleship experiences.
  • Discipleship is also reciprocal, that is, when one learns, he/she makes the commitment to train someone else.
  • How important is discipleship in the Christian life?

discipular

Pronunciation: /-ˈsipyələr/
adjective
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  • He has absorbed the teachings of his Lord from the purest sources of the discipular lines, in India, Tibet and Nepal.
  • Indeed the significance of the kinship or discipular link to Tansen is related to the fact that for Muslim Hindustani musicians musical theory was coded in an essentially oral medium.

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