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conscript

[v. kuh n-skript; n., adj. kon-skript] /v. kənˈskrɪpt; n., adj. ˈkɒn skrɪpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to draft for military or naval service.
2.
to compel into service.
noun
3.
a recruit obtained by conscription.
adjective
4.
enrolled or formed by conscription; drafted:
a conscript soldier.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to conscribe; see con-, script
Related forms
conscriptable, adjective
nonconscriptable, adjective
Synonyms
1. induct, impress, recruit, mobilize.
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British Dictionary definitions for con-script

conscript

noun (ˈkɒnskrɪpt)
1.
  1. a person who is enrolled for compulsory military service
  2. (as modifier) a conscript army
verb (kənˈskrɪpt)
2.
(transitive) to enrol (youths, civilians, etc) for compulsory military service
Word Origin
C15: from Latin conscrīptus, past participle of conscrībere to write together in a list, enrol, from scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for con-script
conscript
1813, Amer.Eng., a word from the militia drafts in the War of 1812; probably a back-formation from conscription. Popularized (or unpopularized) during U.S. Civil War, when both sides resorted to it in 1862. Related: Conscripted (1813).
conscript
1530s, from L. conscriptus, pp. of conscribere (see conscription). The noun is attested 1800, from Fr. conscrit.
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