conscript

noun
con·​script | \ ˈkän-ˌskript How to pronounce conscript (audio) \

Definition of conscript

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a conscripted person (such as a military recruit)

conscript

adjective
con·​script | \ ˈkän-ˌskript How to pronounce conscript (audio) \

Definition of conscript (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : enrolled into service by compulsion : drafted
2 : made up of conscripted persons

conscript

verb
con·​script | \ kən-ˈskript How to pronounce conscript (audio) \
conscripted; conscripting; conscripts

Definition of conscript (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to enroll into service by compulsion : draft was conscripted into the army

Synonyms for conscript

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of conscript in a Sentence

Noun as the war continued, the body of enlisted soldiers was supplemented by an increasing number of conscripts Verb The government is conscripting men for the army. He was conscripted into the army.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Sunday, a user of the social-media platform VKontakte said the ship’s commanders told him that his son Yegor, a conscript, was among those missing in the tragedy. Arkansas Online, 19 Apr. 2022 On Sunday, a user of the social-media platform VKontakte said the ship’s commanders told him that his son Yegor, a conscript, was among those missing in the tragedy. Arkansas Online, 19 Apr. 2022 On Sunday, a user of the social-media platform VKontakte said the ship’s commanders told him that his son Yegor, a conscript, was among those missing in the tragedy. Arkansas Online, 19 Apr. 2022 Begersky was a conscript from a small town near Russia’s Pacific coast, Agentstvo reported. Arkansas Online, 19 Apr. 2022 On Sunday, a user of the social-media platform VKontakte said the ship’s commanders told him that his son Yegor, a conscript, was among those missing in the tragedy. Arkansas Online, 19 Apr. 2022 On Sunday, a user of the social-media platform VKontakte said the ship’s commanders told him that his son Yegor, a conscript, was among those missing in the tragedy. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 In combat, there is a major difference between a military driver with three years of training and an 18-year-old conscript with a driver’s license. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, 6 Apr. 2022 Others among the dead Russian soldiers were a captain found in a nearby building, and an 18-year-old conscript in the garden of a house who had been shot, Sergeant Soroka said. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Russia’s failure to secure a quick victory supports research showing that conscript armies are worse at fighting wars than professional militaries staffed with volunteers. Max Z. Margulies And Laura Resnick Samotin, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Zelensky, in an overnight address over the weekend, accused the Kremlin of cynically preparing conscript soldiers as cannon fodder for the next phase of fighting in the east. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2022 Opposition to the first war in Chechnya in the mid-1990s was spurred by Russian families angry that their conscript sons were being used as cannon fodder. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 History records tales of undersupplied Russian conscript soldiers, high inflation and industrial breakdowns during wartime, and tyrants surrounded by flatterers. Peter Landers And Alastair Gale, WSJ, 19 Mar. 2022 Largely composed of conscript soldiers who were ignorant of what to expect, the force drove long columns of tanks and armor into the city in what was intended to be a swift overthrow of the Chechen leadership. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 For him, recovering Ukraine may be worth losing conscript battalions, delaying some oil sales, enduring economic boycotts, and letting the world seize other oligarchs’ yachts. Lewis Libby, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Thursday that Russian conscript soldiers are being captured in his country and some are refusing to return to Russia. NBC News, 17 Mar. 2022 Family members of conscript soldiers, too, are a key demographic for resisting the war from within Russia, much like the grieving American mothers whose children were sent off to die in Iraq and Afghanistan. Saoirse Gowan, The Week, 6 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pro-Russian separatists stop buses filled with fleeing citizens and either steal their food, conscript them into fighting or worse. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Thursday that his government was trying to verify the exact number of citizens who had been forcibly deported, alleging that Russia was trying to forcibly conscript many into its army. NBC News, 25 Mar. 2022 In his first extended remarks since the war began, Putin claimed Russia would not need to conscript soldiers to help fight in the invasion, nor would the country need to impose martial law. Forbes Staff Reports, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2022 In last week’s installment, Custer tried to conscript his girlfriend Faye (Chloe Cherry) in his plan to set up Fez. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2022 The business groups and the states, nearly all led by Republican attorneys general, argue that Congress never clearly gave OSHA the power to conscript businesses into implementing a vaccine-and-testing mandate. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 The bus was stopped by a soldier, looking to conscript his young countrymen into the army. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 For shepherd leaders, these principles are the standard bill of fare to orchestrate and conscript long term success: 1. Peter Weedfald, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Feminist rediscovery risks saving women from obscurity only to conscript them into a reductive triumphal narrative. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of conscript

Noun

1799, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conscript

Noun

alteration of French conscrit, from Latin conscriptus, past participle of conscribere to enroll, enlist, from com- + scribere to write — more at scribe

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27 Jun 2022

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“Conscript.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conscript. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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