Definition of conscript in English:


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Pronunciation: /kənˈskrɪpt
[with object]
  • Enlist (someone) compulsorily, typically into the armed services: they were conscripted into the army
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    • 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.
    call up, enlist, recruit, mobilize, raise, muster; US draft
    historical press, impress
    archaic levy


Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnskrɪpt
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  • A person enlisted compulsorily: army conscripts [as modifier]: conscript troops
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    • 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.
    impressed man, recruit; US draftee, enlisted man


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

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