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 government cannot conscribe readers.’
- ‘We will not be conscribed, to be shot like dogs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘My plan is to conscribe them and force them into the army, upon the condition, if necessary, of freedom after the war.’
- ‘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.’
Late 15th century (in the sense ‘write, compose’): from Latin conscribere (see conscript).
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