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conscript

Syllabification: con·script

Definition of conscript in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /kənˈskript
 
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[with object]
Enlist (someone) compulsorily, typically into the armed services: they were conscripted into the army
More example sentences
  • If you were conscripted as a common soldier some two hundred years ago, you had to get permission to get married.
  • The first shows soldiers being conscripted during wartime as victims on an army production line.
  • They bombed granaries and rural villages, destroyed crops and irrigation systems, mined pastures and fields, destroyed herds and launched sweeps through rural areas - conscripting young men and destroying the infrastructure.
Synonyms
call up, enlist, recruit, draft
historical press, impress

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌskript
 
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A person enlisted compulsorily.
Example sentences
  • The speed with which it had been able to assemble and deploy such a conscript army conferred upon the German Confederation an advantage over the French, who struggled to get a smaller army into the field over a longer period of time.
  • It's a conscript army, and the families of the soldiers are suffering more each year.
  • Nor is a conscript army without advantages both for the soldiers and the institution.
Synonyms
compulsorily enlisted soldier, recruit, draftee

Origin

late 18th century (as a noun): from French conscrit, from Latin conscriptus, past participle of conscribere 'enroll'. The verb is a back-formation from conscription.

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