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crusade

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noun cru·sade \krü-ˈsād\

Simple Definition of crusade

  • Crusade : any one of the wars that European Christian countries fought against Muslims in Palestine in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries

  • : a major effort to change something

Full Definition of crusade

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to win the Holy Land from the Muslims

  2. 2 :  a remedial enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm

Examples of crusade

  1. <a grassroots crusade for spending more money on our public schools>



Origin of crusade

blend of Middle French croisade & Spanish cruzada; both ultimately from Latin cruc-, crux cross


First Known Use: circa 1708


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crusade

verb cru·sade

Simple Definition of crusade

  • : to take part in a major effort to change something

Full Definition of crusade

cru·sad·edcru·sad·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in a crusade

cru·sad·er noun

1732

First Known Use of crusade

1732



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