[verb kuhn-skript; noun, adjective kon-skript]

verb (used with object)

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

1525–35; < Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to conscribe; see con-, script
Related formscon·script·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·script·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for conscript Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conscripted

Contemporary Examples of conscripted

Historical Examples of conscripted

  • Men will be conscripted to the extent that it is wise and just and needful.

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • So, and no other, should wealth and the country's resources in general be conscripted.

    War Taxation

    Otto H. Kahn

  • He was conscripted but sent back because he was the father of six children.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens

    William Elmer Bachman

  • And work, as these years have taught the observant, is but for slaves and the conscripted.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

  • But he got conscripted by a bomb that took a corner off the hospital and one off his head.

British Dictionary definitions for conscripted


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for conscripted



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper