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crusade

cru·sade

crusade

 
pronunciation:
kru seId
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (often cap.) any of the several attempts of medieval European Christians to recover and then defend the Holy Lands in and around Palestine from the Muslims.
The First Crusade began in 1096 and resulted in the taking of Jerusalem.
definition 2: any cause pursued energetically, esp. in defense of moral principles or against something considered evil.
The mayor launched a crusade against corruption in his first term.
similar words:
campaign, mission
definition 3: any military action in the European Middle Ages that the pope declared to be a holy war.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: crusaded, crusades, crusading
definition: to take part in a crusade.
She crusaded for women's suffrage.
derivation: crusader (n.)
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