• WordNet 3.6
    • n conscription compulsory military service
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During conscription for World War II, there were nine documented cases of men with three testicles.
    • Conscription A compulsory enrollment of men for military or naval service; a draft.
    • Conscription An enrolling or registering. "The conscription of men of war."
    • a Conscription Belonging to, or of the nature of, a conspiration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conscription An enrolling or registering.
    • n conscription Specifically A compulsory enrolment by lot or selection of suitable men for military or naval service. This was formerly the prevalent method of recruiting on the continent of Europe; but the system of the universal enrolment of properly qualified persons, and compulsory service according to gradation, has been substituted for it in most countries there.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conscription a compulsory enrolment for naval or military service: the obtaining recruits by compulsion
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  • Sir Richard Hull
    Sir Richard Hull
    “Conscription may have been good for the country, but it damn near killed the army.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conscriptio,: cf. F. conscription,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conscribĕre, to enrol—con, together, scribĕre, to write.


In literature:

Dolf Kellton's secretary; he has an office force at the Academy and can conscript students to help.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
It was always possible to bribe conscription officers.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
There were two conscripts on board my skiff to-day, one an Irishman and the other a Pole.
"Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863" by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
They were very heavily taxed but, as a rule, were exempt from conscription.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
The young conscript seemed to fill the head of Mademoiselle St. Sillery.
"Travels through the South of France and the Interior of Provinces of Provence and Languedoc in the Years 1807 and 1808" by Lt-Col. Pinkney
He did his best to abolish conscription, but had to abandon the effort.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The Honourable Merchants are free from all imposts, conscriptions, etcetera, and pay no taxes.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
In 1862 General Lee had urged upon Davis a conscript law which would keep his ranks full.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd
Curse the conscription: I intended to have taken a little wife next year.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
It was like the raw conscript's first sight of the comrade shot down by his side.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy

In poetry:

I was the conscript
sent to hell
to make in the desert
the living well;
"Old Botany Bay" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
O! I am a conscript
O! how I do wish
That I had stayed away up North
And kept out of the "milish."
"Just After The War" by Anonymous Americas
Who will remember, passing through this Gate,
the unheroic dead who fed the guns?
Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate,-
Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones?
"On Passing The New Menin Gate" by Siegfried Sassoon
Where be now these silent hosts?
Where the camping-ground of ghosts?
Where the spectral conscripts led
To the white tents of the dead?
What strange shore or chartless sea
Holds the awful mystery?
"The Grave" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

In March, the court convicted Lubanga of conscripting and enlisting children under age 15 and using them to participate in "hostilities" during a civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo .
Q&A: What conscription for the ultra-Orthodox means for Israel.
GlobalPost's Israel correspondent explains how conscription of the ultra-Orthodox will impact Israeli society.
Readers debate conscription , runoff elections and shrinking newspaper size.
Netanyahu coalition crumbles over conscription law.
Israel's broad coalition government has collapsed over the issue of conscription for ultra-orthodox young men.
Lawmakers in Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, have voted to formally end military conscription in a step that marks a historic change for the nation's post-World War II forces.
Germany scraps military conscription .
It's Time for Conscription of the Willing.
The Associated Press reported that Barak has allowed a month for officials to formulate regulations on haredi conscription.
1803 Leaves France for the United States to avoid conscription in Napoleon's army.
Why New Calls for Military Conscription and a National Service Draft Make Neither Moral Nor Economic Sense.
Tamil Tigers ' child conscripts bid farewell to arms.
Guard Duty A teenager conscripted in WWII counts boot camp among his most terrifying experiences.
Faster than Carl Lewis running the 100-meter dash and equipped with better sonar than anything man has invented, bottlenosed dolphins have perhaps become the most prized conscripts of the United States Navy.

In science:

Many scientists interpreted Einstein’s criticism as a conscription for finding a classical-type (hidden-variable) theory, which was intended to fill the presumable incompleteness of quantum theory.
Outline for a formal general theory of physical measurements