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

Definition of conscript

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a conscripted person (such as a military recruit)


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


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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is the regular navy with conscripts and career officers with a chain of command to the defense minister and others in government. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Iran has two naval forces with separate missions and commands. This is why.," 14 June 2019 The military said in an update Wednesday that all conscripts involved in the accident returned to their ranks to continue training. Fox News, "Reindeer accident hospitalizes 12 Finnish soldiers in Lapland," 11 Sep. 2019 When he’s kidnapped by an off-duty LAPD officer, Vic (Bautista), who is on a vengeance mission and conscripts Stu into the torture and murder of civilians. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, "Billed an action comedy, ‘Stuber’ is more like a cinematic car wreck," 11 July 2019 This clause has been upheld as constitutional by South Korean courts in the past, but is currently being challenged again in two ongoing cases by former conscripts. James Griffiths, CNN, "Gay and trans soldiers say they were abused in South Korean military," 10 July 2019 This week a new 70,000-strong National Guard, mainly of former army conscripts, began to deploy to 150 of the most violent localities across the country. The Economist, "AMLO’s populism is both rampant and constrained," 4 July 2019 The Americans in the fall had often faced poorly trained Bolshevik conscripts. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Since Israel is a small country whose military is largely composed of conscripts, the barrier between the IDF and the civilian world is relatively low. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Israeli Troops Caught Posting Pictures of Classified Hardware," 1 Aug. 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Tumin story seems quaint in the era of social media and smartphone videos, especially as our prurient obsessions increasingly conscript private and unprivileged individuals for national scolding. James Panero, WSJ, "Where’s the Mercy in ‘Social Justice’?," 23 Jan. 2019 Their command-and-conscript regime would have forced states to close coal plants with years of remaining useful life and before alternatives could compensate for the lost power supply. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Not the Climate Apocalypse," 21 Aug. 2018 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 Another organisation found that 75% of returnees had been interrogated, detained or conscripted. The Economist, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 Kim’s family told investigators that his father-in-law had been conscripted as a forced laborer during the Japanese occupation. Washington Post, "Japan vows action if S. Korea hurts companies in trade row," 19 July 2019 In her 1951 The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt argued that a tyrannical regime, wielding bureaucracy and mass media, could achieve permanence by conscripting the citizenry’s consciousness. George Will, National Review, "Hong Kong’s Summer of Heroic Dissent," 12 Sep. 2019 Hannah Arendt argued that a tyrannical regime, wielding bureaucracy and mass media, could achieve permanence by conscripting the citizenry’s consciousness. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Hong Kong’s summer of heroic dissent," 12 Sep. 2019 The fear is that big banks will be conscripted into service again and again. The Economist, "After three Chinese banks are bailed out, how many more are at risk?," 5 Sep. 2019 IoT devices have been conscripted into massive botnets, compromised for nation state reconnaissance, hacked to mine cryptocurrency, and manipulated in assaults on power grids. Wired, "It's Time for IoT Security's Next Big Step," 11 Sep. 2019 After two years at Adelphi, Davis was conscripted into the Army. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 2019 Nate Eovaldi, who had been scheduled to start on Wednesday, was instead conscripted for bullpen duty on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Alex Speier,, "Is it time for Red Sox starters to become rovers again?," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of conscript was in 1799

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English Language Learners Definition of conscript

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


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

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

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