crusade NOUN 1) any of a series of medieval military expeditions made by Europeans to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims. 2) an energetic organized campaign with a political, social, or religious aim: a crusade against crime.
VERB 1) lead or take part in a crusade. 2) (crusading) energetically campaigning for a particular aim.
DERIVATIVES crusader noun.
ORIGIN French croisade, from croisée 'the state of being marked with the cross' .

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