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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: croisade and Spanish cruzada, both from Latin crux; CROSS2

crusade

1 noun
     
Related topics: Christianity
cru‧sade1 [countable]
1 a determined attempt to change something because you think you are morally right [↪ campaign]
crusade against/for
He seems to be running a one-man crusade against cigarette smoking.
2 also CrusadeRRC one of a series of wars fought in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries by Christian armies trying to take Palestine from the Muslims

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