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  1. cru·sade
    IPA[kro͞oˈsād]
  2. noun

    • 1. each of a series of medieval military expeditions made by Europeans to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries:

      the fanaticism engendered by the Crusades in 1204 the armies of the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople
    • 2. a war instigated for alleged religious ends:

      the Albigensian crusades
      Synonym : holy war, military campaign
    • 3. a vigorous campaign for political, social, or religious change:

      a crusade against crime

    verb

    • 1. lead or take part in a vigorous campaign for social, political, or religious change:

      he crusaded against gambling in the 1950s
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: Crusade, plural noun: Crusades

    • noun

      each of a series of medieval military expeditions made by Europeans to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries:

      a war instigated for alleged religious ends:

    • verb

      lead or take part in a vigorous campaign for social, political, or religious change:
    • a crusade to the Holy Land in 1212 by tens of thousands of children, chiefly from France and Germany. Most of the children never reached their destination, and were sold into slavery.
    • a crusade to the Holy Land in 1212 by tens of thousands of children, chiefly from France and Germany. Most never reached their destination, and were sold into slavery.
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