levy en masse
/ (ˈlɛvɪ ɒn ˈmæs) /
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the conscription of the civilian population in large numbers in the face of impending invasionAlso called: levée en masse (French ləve ɑ̃ mas)
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How to use levy en masse in a sentence
And even the whole population of a province may be imprisoned in case a levy en masse is threatening.
In the latter case one speaks of war rebellion, whether inhabitants take up arms singly or rise in a so-called levy en masse.
Conquered territory can also be freed through a successful levy en masse.
Carnot was not discovered, the better men had not risen to command, the levy en masse had not been thought of.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
This, be it noted, is not a case of conscription; it is a levy en masse, taken as a normal condition of life.