Definition of conscribe in English:

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conscribe

Pronunciation: /kənˈskrʌɪb/

verb

[with object] archaic
Enlist (someone) compulsorily, typically into the armed services; conscript.
Example sentences
  • We will not be conscribed, to be shot like dogs.
  • The government cannot conscribe readers.
  • If Congress has the constitutional power to conscribe the officers of the States, it would also have the power to exempt such as it might think proper.

Origin

Late 15th century (in the sense 'write, compose'): from Latin conscribere (see conscript).

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