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This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 3).
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (military)
a. recapture
Inicié la reconquista de mis tierras en el videojuego.I started the recapture of my lands in the videogame.
b. reconquest
La reconquista de la ciudad sitiada supuso un alto coste para las fuerzas aliadas.The reconquest of the beleaguered city came at a high cost to the allied forces.
2. (regain)
a. recapture
Mi psicoanalista quería explorar la reconquista de los recuerdos infantiles como fuente de sentimientos positivos.My therapist wanted to explore the recapture of childhood memories as a source of positive feelings.
b. reconquest
La reconquista de votantes escoceses ahora parece un sueño imposible para el Partido Laborista.The reconquest of Scottish voters now seems an impossible dream for the Labour Party.
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
3. (history of Spain)
a. Reconquest
Durante la Reconquista, hubo territorios donde convivieron musulmanes y cristianos.During the Reconquest, there were territories where Muslims and Christians lived side by side.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. reconquest, recapture
2. (history)
la Reconquistathe Reconquest of Spain, when the Christian Kings retook the country from the Muslims
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reconquest; recapture
la Reconquista the Reconquest of Spain; (of Spain)
The term Reconquista refers to the eight centuries during which the Christian kings of the Spanish kingdoms gradually reclaimed their country from the Moors, who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711. It is generally accepted that the reconquest began in 718 with the Christian victory at Covadonga in Asturias, and ended in 1492, when Ferdinand and Isabella, the Reyes Católicos, retook Granada, the last Muslim stronghold. In the intervening centuries there had been a great deal of contact and overlap between the two cultures. Christians living under Arab rule were called mozárabes, while mudéjares were practising Muslims living under Christian rule. In contrast with the pluralistic society that had existed under the Arabs, the final years of the Reconquista were a time of great intolerance, with Arabs and Jews being forcibly converted to Christianity, after which they were known as conversos. Those refusing to be converted were expelled in 1492.
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