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crusade

See also: Crusade

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EtymologyEdit

Formed as a hybrid of Middle French croisade and Spanish cruzada, both from Medieval Latin cruciata, cruzata. In English use since the 1570s.

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(medieval history): Crusade

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crusade (plural crusades)

  1. Any of the military expeditions undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th to 13th centuries to reconquer the Levant from the Muslims.
    During the crusades, many Muslims and Christians and Jews were slaughtered.
  2. (figuratively) A grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.
    a crusade against drug abuse
  3. (archaic) A Portuguese coin; a crusado.

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crusade (third-person singular simple present crusades, present participle crusading, simple past and past participle crusaded)

  1. To make a grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.
    He crusaded against similar injustices for the rest of his life.

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