conscript

[verb kuhn-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript]
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noun
  1. a recruit obtained by conscription.
adjective
  1. 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

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Related Words for conscript

draftee, inductee

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Contemporary Examples of conscript

Historical Examples of conscript

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

    Bonaventure

    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.

    Moscow

    Fred Whishaw


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)
  1. (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
n.

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

adj.

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

v.

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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