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crusade

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English

Etymology

Crusaders

From the French croisade, meaning “Marked by the Cross.” It is derived from the Latin word crux (cross).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
crusade

Plural
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  1. A grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.

Usage notes

Use of the word crusade for a campaign on behalf of a noble cause may be inadvisable for international use. The medieval Crusades were wars waged by Christians on Muslims. A “crusade” against, say, the deadly disease smallpox may be inappropriate in some parts of the world.

The Arabic word jihad has connotations in reverse; it may be used for totally worthy causes, and also for religious wars. The comparison is helpful for understanding why crusade may be contentious in some parts of the world, but it is a superficial comparison and should not be taken literally. Both involved armed conflict in the name of religion, but on closer examination, are very different in scope and meaning. This comparison is inappropriate except in a rhetorical sense.

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Verb

Infinitive
to crusade

Third person singular
crusad

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ed

to crusade (third-person singular simple present crusad, present participle ed, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To make a grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.
    He crusaded against similar injustices for the rest of his live.

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