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[verb kuhn-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draft for military or naval service.
  2. to compel into service.
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  1. a recruit obtained by conscription.
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  1. enrolled or formed by conscription; drafted: a conscript soldier.
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Origin of conscript

1525–35; < Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to conscribe; see con-, script
Related formscon·script·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·script·a·ble, adjective

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Related Words for conscript

draftee, inductee

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Historical Examples of conscript

  • They had gone for a conscript; they came away with a volunteer.


    George Washington Cable

  • He—Colonel L.—calls it recruiting to conscript all he can lay hands on.

  • Each mitayo, or conscript, received nominally two shillings a day.

    The Rover of the Andes

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Well, then, conscript them, and they'll be all of a better pattern.

  • Certainly, Monsieur, but only a conscript; it is not likely that you should have seen me before.


    Fred Whishaw

British Dictionary definitions for conscript


noun (ˈkɒnskrɪpt)
    1. a person who is enrolled for compulsory military service
    2. (as modifier)a conscript army
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verb (kənˈskrɪpt)
  1. (tr) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service
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Word Origin for conscript

C15: from Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to write together in a list, enrol, from scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for conscript


1800, perhaps a back-formation (influenced by French adjective conscrit) from conscription.

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1530s, from Latin conscriptus, past participle of conscribere "to draw up, list," literally "to write together" (see conscription).

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1813, American English, from conscript (n.). A word from the militia drafts in the War of 1812. Popularized (or unpopularized) during U.S. Civil War, when both sides resorted to it in 1862. Related: Conscripted; conscripting.

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