[ verb kuhn-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript ]
See synonyms for: conscriptconscriptedconscripting on

verb (used with object)
  1. to draft for military or naval service.

  2. to compel into service.

  1. a recruit obtained by conscription.

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

Origin of conscript

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin conscrīptus “enrolled,” past participle of conscrībere “to enroll, enlist”; see conscribe

Other words for conscript

Other words from conscript

  • con·script·a·ble, adjective
  • non·con·script·a·ble, adjective

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How to use conscript in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conscript


    • a person who is enrolled for compulsory military service

    • (as modifier): a conscript army

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

Origin of conscript

C15: from Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to write together in a list, enrol, from scrībere to write

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