disciple

A disciple is a follower or a fan of someone. You might consider yourself to be a disciple of your favorite yoga teacher.

The noun disciple comes from the Latin word discipulus, which means "student, learner, or follower." One of the earliest places disciple showed up was in the Bible, where it means "a follower of Jesus," sometimes specifically one of the twelve Apostles. It's still used that way in religious speech and writing, but it can also describe a serious, dedicated follower or student of a teacher or leader.

Definitions of disciple
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n someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another

Synonyms:
adherent
Examples:
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Baruch
a disciple of and secretary for the prophet Jeremiah
Saint Andrew the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of Peter; patron saint of Scotland
Saint James the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament
Saint John the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation
Judas Iscariot
(New Testament) the Apostle who betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver
Saint Jude
(New Testament) supposed brother of St. James; one of the Apostles who is invoked in prayer when a situation seems hopeless
Saint Matthew the Apostle
(New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel
Saint Peter the Apostle
disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope
Simon the Canaanite
one of the twelve Apostles (first century)
Thomas the doubting Apostle
the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes
Types:
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Zen Buddhist
an adherent of the doctrines of Zen Buddhism
Mahayanist
an adherent of Mahayana Buddhism
Hinayanist
an adherent of Hinayana Buddhism
Lamaist
(Buddhism) an adherent of Lamaism
Tantrist
an adherent of Tantrism
Jainist
a believer in Jainism
Shintoist
a believer in Shintoism
Rasta, Rastafarian
follower of Rastafarianism
Mithraist
adherent of Mithraism
Zoroastrian
follower of Zoroaster and Zoroastrianism
absolutist
one who advocates absolutism
amoralist
someone who adheres to the doctrine that ordinary moral distinctions are invalid
animist
one who accepts the doctrine of animism
antinomian
a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
Apostle
(New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
Aristotelean, Aristotelian, Peripatetic
a follower of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism
Bahai
a teacher of or believer in Bahaism
Tao, Taoist
an adherent of any branch of Taoism
clericalist
one who advocates clericalism
Donatist
an adherent of Donatism
Druse, Druze
an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God
dualist
an adherent of dualism
Hussite
an adherent of the religious reforms of John Huss
Ismaili, Ismailian
an adherent of Ismailism; a member of the Ismaili branch of Shiism
Lutheran
follower of Lutheranism
Mahdist
an adherent of Mahdism
Manichaean, Manichean, Manichee
an adherent of Manichaeism
Monophysite
an adherent of Monophysitism
Neoplatonist
an adherent of Neoplatonism
Satanist, diabolist
an adherent of Satan or Satanism
Sikh
an adherent of Sikhism
Socinian
an adherent of the teachings of Socinus; a Christian who rejects the divinity of Christ and the Trinity and original sin; influenced the development of Unitarian theology
totalitarian
an adherent of totalitarian principles or totalitarian government
Unitarian
adherent of Unitarianism
Trinitarian
adherent of Trinitarianism
Arminian
adherent of Arminianism
votary
a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause or person or activity
Type of:
follower
a person who accepts the leadership of another

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