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cru•sade /kruˈseɪd/USA pronunciation
n., v., -sad•ed, -sad•ing.
v. [no object]
- [often: Crusade] any of the military campaigns or wars undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims.
- a strong movement, campaign, or activity on behalf of a cause:a literacy crusade.
- to go on or take part in a crusade:She was crusading for more aid to the unemployed.
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crusade /kruːˈseɪd/ n
- (often capital) any of the military expeditions undertaken in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries by the Christian powers of Europe to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
- (formerly) any holy war undertaken on behalf of a religious cause
- a vigorous and dedicated action or movement in favour of a cause
Etymology: 16th Century: from earlier croisade, from Old French crois cross, from Latin crux; influenced also by Spanish cruzada, from cruzar to take up the crosscruˈsader n
- to campaign vigorously for something
- to go on a crusade
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