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cru·sade  audio  (kr-sd) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. often Crusade Any of the military expeditions undertaken by European Christians in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.
  2. A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
  3. A vigorous concerted movement for a cause or against an abuse. See Synonyms at campaign.
intr.v.
cru·sad·ed, cru·sad·ing, cru·sades
To engage in a crusade.

ETYMOLOGY:
French croisade, and Spanish cruzada both ultimately from Latin crux, cruc-, cross

OTHER FORMS:
cru·sader(Noun)


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