[verb kuhn-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript]

verb (used with object)

to draft for military or naval service.
to compel into service.


a recruit obtained by conscription.


enrolled or formed by conscription; drafted: a conscript soldier.

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

Synonyms for conscript Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for conscript

draftee, inductee

Examples from the Web for conscript

Contemporary Examples of conscript

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

verb (kənˈskrɪpt)

(tr) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service

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.


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


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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