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crusade

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1  —as in:
a crusade against pollution
Definition long and determined effort for a cause that is passionately believed to be important
  • She is crusading for women's rights.
crusading = campaigning or working for a cause that is passionately believed to be important
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Maybe it would help the boy understand Roy's reluctance to participate, even though he sympathized with the owl crusade.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • crusade = effort for a cause thought important
  • I'll call it The Children's Crusade.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • crusade = long and determined effort for a cause that is passionately believed to be important
  • That night, lying in bed, Roy felt a stronger connection to Mullet Fingers, and a better understanding of the boy's private crusade against the pancake house.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • crusade = effort for a cause thought important
  • 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
  • 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
  • After all his crusading against their evil hybrid spawn?
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • 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'
  • His father was always in character; Adam found it hard to believe he had been a crusading newspaperman.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese

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2  —as in:
First Crusade to Jerusalem
Definition any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe invaded Muslims in the Holy Land in the Middle East
  • One of the goals of the West in The First Crusade was to recapture Jerusalem after 461 years of Muslim rule.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Crusade (retrieved 03/31/08)
Crusade = the first military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe invaded Muslims in the Holy Land in the Middle East
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Resentments date back to the Crusades.
  • Crusades = any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe invaded Muslims in the Holy Land in the Middle East
  • The themes were the same that had been illuminated upon similar occasions by their mothers before them, their grandmothers, and doubtless all their ancestors in the female line clear back to the Crusades.
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • Part of this venerable building dates back to the time of the first Crusade...
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Valley of Fear
  • Is the movement of the peoples at the time of the Crusades explained by the life and activity of the Godfreys and the Louis-es and their ladies?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This formula, indeed, of the shining hero going against the dragon has been the great device of self-justification for all crusades.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • When it was first turning out cruisers and destroyers the Crusades were in full swing.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I caught one of those master's thesis assignments he chucked around so casually; I had suggested that the Crusades were different from most wars.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Combating mitigation has become one of the great crusades in commercial aviation in the past fifteen years.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • From the Crusades, to the Inquisition, to American politics—the name Jesus had been hijacked as an ally in all kinds of power struggles.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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