One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Enlist (someone) compulsorily, typically into the armed services; conscript.
enlist, sign up, enrol, engage, take on, round upView synonyms
- ‘The only way of immediately improving the coal situation is for young miners to be conscribed, and made to work the full number of shifts.’
- ‘If Congress has the constitutional power to conscribe the officers of the States, it would also have the power to exempt such as it might think proper.’
- ‘We will not be conscribed, to be shot like dogs.’
- ‘The government cannot conscribe readers.’
- ‘My plan is to conscribe them and force them into the army, upon the condition, if necessary, of freedom after the war.’
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘write, compose’): from Latin conscribere (see conscript).
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