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conscript

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

1525–35; <Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to conscribe; see con-, script

OTHER WORDS FROM conscript

con·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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