- 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
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Examples from the Web for conscript
It was 1951 and I was a conscript serving in the Royal Air Force.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
Tribes killing their neighbors and burning their fields were now depriving the Romans of soldiers to conscript and produce to tax.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
By mid-to-late evening, there was overwhelming evidence that Russia was using a mix of mercenary and conscript forces.Russia Stages a Coup in Crimea
March 1, 2014
The answer, it seems, has to do with the plan to conscript haredi (ultra-Orthodox) youth into the Israeli army.What Happens When We Call People 'Amalek'
July 17, 2013
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.Letters from Port Royal
Each mitayo, or conscript, received nominally two shillings a day.The Rover of the Andes
Well, then, conscript them, and they'll be all of a better pattern.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
Certainly, Monsieur, but only a conscript; it is not likely that you should have seen me before.Moscow
- a person who is enrolled for compulsory military service
- (as modifier)a conscript army
- (tr) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service
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.