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CONSCRIPTION
to enroll into service by force : DRAFT <was conscripted into the army>
COUP D'ETAT
Etymology: from French coup d'état, literally, "stroke of state (the government)," from coup "blow, stroke" and de "of" and état "state"
: a sudden overthrowing of a government by a small group
CASUALTIES
1 : a serious or fatal accident : DISASTER
2 a : a military person lost (as by death or capture) during warfare b : a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed
ABDICATE
to formally give up sovereign power, office, or responsibility
- ab·di·ca·tion /"ab-di-'kA-sh&n/ noun
PREFECT
a high official or judge (as of ancient Rome or France)
2 : a student assistant in some schools
CEDE
to give up especially by treaty <Russia ceded Alaska to the U.S. in 1867>
COSSACKS
: a member of any of the groups that formed in Ukraine, southern Russia, the Caucasus, and Siberia after 1400 and were included in czarist Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries
2 : a mounted soldier serving in a unit drafted from Cossack communities
FEUDALISM
a system of political organization (as in Europe during the Middle Ages) in which a vassal served a lord and received protection and land in return
- feu·dal·is·tic /"fyüd-&l-'is-tik/ adjective
ABOLISH
to do away with completely : put an end to
- abol·ish·able /-&-b&l/ adjective
- abol·ish·er noun
- abol·ish·ment /-m&nt/ noun
COALITION
a temporary union of persons, parties, or countries for a common purpose