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crusade
as in:  a crusade against pollution


She is crusading for women’s rights.
  long and determined effort for a cause that is passionately believed to be important
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The term "crusade" is emotionally loaded to many Muslims who associate it with the "The Crusades" when Christian powers of Europe invaded the Holy Land in the Middle East in an attempt to re-Christianize it.
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  • She is crusading for women’s rights.
  • I’ll call it The Children’s Crusade.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • After all his crusading against their evil hybrid spawn?
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The six-fingered man was probably crusading in Asia.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • He was a militant idealist who crusaded against racial bigotry by growing faint in its presence.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • His father was always in character; Adam found it hard to believe he had been a crusading newspaperman.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Dear Aunt Em is crusading still.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Today he was fighting their battle, he was fighting the same enemy they had fought for ages, as far back as the eleventh century . when the enemy’s crusading armies had first pillaged his land, raping and killing his people, declaring them unclean, defiling their temples and gods.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Nurse of the Forest Sauvage sent a cough mixture, thirty dozen handkerchiefs all marked, and a pair of combinations with a double chest The sergeant sent him his crusading medals, to be preserved by the nation.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In fact, my white fans were going to cheer for me like I was some kind of crusading warrior: Jeez, I felt like one of those Indian scouts who led the U.S. Cavalry against other Indians.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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  • I told myself I belonged on that wall, after all, with the pipe-smoking foreign correspondents and elegant writers and crusading reporters.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • But the crusading passion of it made him so tobacco-hungry that he immediately recovered the key, walked with forbidding dignity to the file, took out a cigar and a match—"but only one match; if ole cigar goes out, it’ll by golly have to stay out!"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Martin Luther King Jr. continued his civil rights crusading and became one of the world’s most admired men.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He composed dozens of personal memoirs, into which quietly, humorously, with fine-tempered English restraint, he poured the full measure of his pure crusading heart.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • It would appear that Shultz’s investigation was rather one-sided, since it consisted of little more than an interview with Smith and Hickock, from which the lawyer emerged with crusading phrases for the press: "The question is this-do poor, plainly guilty defendants have a right to a complete defense? I do not believe that the State of Kansas would be either greatly or for long harmed by the death of these appellants.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • ("Well, not exactly crusading—investigative reporting is mostly monotonous work, digging through thousands of words for the one word that doesn’t ring true.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The professor was carrying on a hot crusade against materialists.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Their one chance for life was in union, and so the struggle became a kind of crusade.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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Associated words [difficulty]:   crusade [3]
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