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2 entries found for crusade.
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Main Entry: 1cru·sade
Pronunciation: krü-primarystresssamacrd
Function: noun
Etymology: derived from early French croisade and Spanish cruzada, both meaning literally "an expedition of persons marked with or bearing the sign of the cross" and both derived from Latin cruc-, crux "cross" --related to CROSS
1 capitalized : any of the military expeditions made by Christian countries in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims
2 : a campaign to get things changed for the better <a crusade against crime>

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