conscript

[ verb kuhn-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript ]
/ verb kənˈskrɪpt; noun, adjective ˈkɒn skrɪpt /

verb (used with object)

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

noun

a recruit obtained by conscription.

adjective

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

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Nearby words

  1. consciousness,
  2. consciousness raising,
  3. consciousness-expanding,
  4. consciousness-raising,
  5. conscribe,
  6. conscript fathers,
  7. conscriptee,
  8. conscription,
  9. conscriptionist,
  10. consecrate

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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British Dictionary definitions for conscript

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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