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disciples

[ dih-sahy-puh l ]SEE DEFINITION OF disciples

Synonyms for disciples

  • adherent
  • apostle
  • buff
  • cohort
  • devotee
  • enthusiast
  • fanatic
  • learner
  • pupil
  • zealot
  • attendant
  • booster
  • bug
  • catechumen
  • convert
  • fan
  • fiend
  • freak
  • groupie
  • hound
  • junkie
  • nut
  • partisan
  • proselyte
  • rooter
  • satellite
  • sectary
  • student
  • supporter
  • votary
  • witness
  • sectator
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Antonyms for disciples

  • detractor
  • enemy
  • opponent
  • god
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISCIPLES

The book of Christianity must be interpreted by the disciples of Christianity.

Fie had collected twenty-four of us, whom he called his 'disciples,' and shamed am I to say, I was one.

The solicitude of the disciples on this occasion was highly laudable.

His successors and disciples have advanced so far as to be able to say when.

The wild enthusiasm of his disciples had its effect on the teacher.

This was said to his disciples, but I seem to see in it that some of it was said for himself.

He turned to the disciples and said He would tell them why He had spoken it.

The number of his disciples who have attained blessedness is countless.

He still has some thirty to forty disciples gathered about him.

At his right and left stood his disciples, ready to serve him.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English discipul (fem. discipula), Biblical borrowing from Latin discipulus "pupil, student, follower," said to be from discere "to learn" [OED, Watkins], from a reduplicated form of PIE root *dek- "to take, accept" (see decent).

But according to Barnhart and Klein, from a lost compound *discipere "to grasp intellectually, analyze thoroughly," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + capere "to take, take hold of" (see capable). Cf. Latin capulus "handle" from capere. Sometimes glossed in Old English by þegn (see thane).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DISCIPLES

congregation

nounassembled group, especially concerned with church-going

school

nounpersons receiving education
  • academy
  • adherents
  • circle
  • class
  • clique
  • denomination
  • devotees
  • disciples
  • faction
  • followers
  • following
  • group
  • party
  • pupils
  • sect
  • set
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