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 for crusade
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crusade \Cru*sade"\ (kr?-s?d"), n. [F. croisade, fr. Pr.
     crozada, or Sp cruzada, or It. crociata, from a verb
     signifying to take the cross, mark one's self with a cross,
     fr. L. crux cross; or possibly taken into English directly
     fr. Pr. Cf. Croisade, Crosado, and see Cross.]
     1. Any one of the military expeditions undertaken by
        Christian powers, in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries,
        for the recovery of the Holy Land from the Mohammedans.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Any enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm; as, a
        crusade against intemperance.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A Portuguese coin. See Crusado.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crusade \Cru*sade"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crusaded; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Crusading.]
     To engage in a crusade; to attack in a zealous or hot-headed
     manner. "Cease crusading against sense." --M. Green.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  crusade
      n 1: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward
           a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they
           worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready
           for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end
           slavery"; "contributed to the war effort" [syn: campaign,
           cause, crusade, drive, movement, effort]
      2: any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in
         the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe
         tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
      v 1: exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to
           gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or
           person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for
           reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean
           is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: crusade,
           fight, press, campaign, push, agitate]
      2: go on a crusade; fight a holy war

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "crusade":
     activity, battle, campaign, cause, commitment, drive, expedition,
     faith, fight, great cause, holy war, interest, issue, jehad, jihad,
     lifework, lobby, mass movement, movement, principle,
     reason for being, war
  
  

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