Synonyms of discipline in English:


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See Spanish definition of disciplina


1‘discipline in the camp was strict’

control, regulation, direction, order, authority, rule, strictness, a firm hand
routine, regimen
training, teaching, instruction, drill, drilling, exercise
use of punishment

2‘it may take courage and discipline to do this, but it is worth the effort’

self-control, self-discipline, self-government, control, controlled behaviour, self-restraint
good behaviour, orderliness, obedience

3‘sociology is a fairly new discipline’

field, field of study, branch of knowledge, course of study, subject, area
specialist subject, speciality, specialty


1‘these families have different ways of disciplining their children’

train, drill, teach, school, coach, educate, regiment, indoctrinate
lay down the law to someone, bring into line

2‘she had learned to discipline her emotions’

control, bring under control, keep under control, restrain, regulate, govern, keep in check, check, curb, keep a tight rein on, rein in, bridle, tame

give free rein to

3‘a member of staff was to be disciplined by the management’

punish, penalize, take disciplinary action against, bring to book
reprimand, rebuke, reprove, chastise, castigate, upbraid, remonstrate with
informal dress down, give someone a dressing-down, rap over the knuckles, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, put on the mat
British informal carpet, put on the carpet
archaic chasten