con·script | \ˈkän-ˌskript \

Definition of conscript 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: a conscripted person (such as a military recruit)


con·script | \ˈkän-ˌskript \

Definition of conscript (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : enrolled into service by compulsion : drafted

2 : made up of conscripted persons


con·script | \kən-ˈskript \
conscripted; conscripting; conscripts

Definition of conscript (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for conscript

Synonyms: Noun

draftee, inductee, selectee

Synonyms: Verb

conscribe, draft, levy

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Examples of conscript in a Sentence


as the war continued, the body of enlisted soldiers was supplemented by an increasing number of conscripts


The government is conscripting men for the army. He was conscripted into the army.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Conscription is mandatory for male Swiss citizens, and conscripts can keep their semiautomatic assault rifles at home even after returning to their nonmilitary careers. Washington Post, "Europeans had school shootings, too. Then they did something about it.," 15 Feb. 2018 All its members are conscripts picked for height and posture — and must demonstrate their godliness by belonging to the Orthodox Church of Greece. Washington Post, "Godly giants in kilts: Meet Greece’s best-known soldiers," 24 May 2018 Navy conscripts maneuver through barbed wires during a training session in the southeastern city of Changwon in January. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Court Orders South Korea to Overhaul Hallowed Conscription Law," 28 June 2018 Mr Dhlakama had once before laid down his guns, ending a civil war marked by mass atrocities, child conscripts and 1m deaths between 1977 and 1992. The Economist, "Will Afonso Dhlakama’s death derail peace in Mozambique?," 10 May 2018 The movies have been conscripts in this continuing culture war and to look back at 1968 is to understand what has and hasn’t changed. New York Times, "Dystopia, Apocalypse, Culture War: 2018 or 1968?," 17 May 2018 Well, one recent study revealed the average height of male army conscripts in the Netherlands—the home of 6-foot-5 goalkeeping great Edwin van der Sar—had grown by 8.3 inches from 1858 to 1997. Grant Wahl,, "Masters of Modern Soccer: Christian Pulisic and the Craft of the Attacking Midfielder," 1 May 2018 Where cultural walls are now being erected to conscript and steal free speech in America. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham announces new segment 'Defending the First'," 10 Apr. 2018 Ownership rates have tumbled in this century, especially after the army cut the number of conscripts by four-fifths. The Economist, "Switzerland does not prove the NRA’s case," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The rank-and-file in the new conscript army were brutalised. The Economist, "Why modern Japan’s founding moment still divides a nation," 11 Jan. 2018 Thai police have accused ten soldiers of beating a 22-year-old army conscript to death in a military prison. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Drafted! Photos of Thailand’s annual military draft lottery," 5 Apr. 2017 Syria’s large Sunni majority dominates the insurgency, and also the army conscript pool. Anne Barnard And Hwaida Saad, New York Times, "Syrian Officer Gave a View of War. ISIS Came, and Silence Followed.," 14 Feb. 2016 Under the conscript system, all eligible men are required to serve about two years. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "South Korea Military Is Accused of Cracking Down on Gay Soldiers," 26 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And since humans are only required to train the algorithm, the approach could provide researchers a way to analyze hordes of data without conscripting an army of lab technicians to toil away at microscopes in the dark. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "AI Learns a New Trick: Measuring Brain Cells," 12 Apr. 2018 When the Germans occupied Poland, Raizel was conscripted to work, but Sala, shrewd and resourceful, felt her older sister was too bookish to weather the camp and volunteered to take her place. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Sala Kirschner, 94, Whose Trove of Letters Told of the Holocaust, Dies," 13 Mar. 2018 After the German invasion, Aron’s father was conscripted for a work detail and never seen again. Sam Roberts,, "Kalman Aron; his artistic talent spared him in the Holocaust," 9 Mar. 2018 Of about 220 monks, the younger ones were conscripted into the German army, the elders were kicked out, and 63 monks stayed at the monastery to perform forced labor on the farm and on the upkeep of a new military hospital. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Negroes are not only conscripted in double measure for combat, but they are told the billions needed for remaking their lives are necessary for foreign intervention. Martin Luther King Jr., The Atlantic, "The Crisis in America’s Cities," 31 Mar. 2018 South Korea, one of the few nations that conscripts all able-bodied men into military service, will now allow conscientious objectors to substitute the required two years with community service. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "South Korean Men Will Soon be Able to Choose an Alternative to Mandatory Military Service," 29 June 2018 Many of the players had, at least on the Argentine side, friends or relatives who had been conscripted, maybe even lost their life. CNN, "How Diego Maradona redefined football in the space of less than five minutes," 11 June 2018 The Small Boys Unit Taylor’s army, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), was hardly alone in conscripting child combatants during the multi-faction tribal war that erupted after Liberian President Samuel Doe’s execution in 1990. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Ex-child soldiers say Delco man turned them into killers," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of conscript


1799, in the meaning defined above


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conscript


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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English Language Learners Definition of conscript

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is forced to serve in the armed forces



English Language Learners Definition of conscript (Entry 2 of 2)

: to force (someone) to serve in the armed forces

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