- The definition of a crusade is an effort or movement against abuse, particularly the Crusades which were military expeditions by European Christians in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries to get back land the Holy Land from the Muslims.
An example of a crusade is a rebellion against an evil leader.
- To crusade is defined as to rebel against an unfair practice.
An example of to crusade is to fight for equal rights for women.
- any of the separate military expeditions undertaken as part of the Crusades (see phrase below)
- a vigorous, concerted action for some cause or idea, or against some abuse
Origin of crusade; from Spanish cruzada, altered after French croisade, both ; from Medieval Latin cruciata ; from past participle of cruciare, to mark with a cross ; from Classical Latin crux, cross
- often Crusade Any of the military expeditions undertaken by European Christians in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover control of the Holy Land from the Muslims.
- A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
- A concerted effort or vigorous movement for a cause or against an abuse: a crusade for literacy; a crusade against drunk driving.
intransitive verbcru·sad·ed, cru·sad·ing, cru·sades
Origin of crusadeFrench croisade and Spanish cruzada, both ultimately from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.
- Any of the military expeditions undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th to 13th centuries to reconquer the Levant from the Muslims.
- During the crusades, many Muslims and Christians and Jews were slaughtered.
- (figuratively) A grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.
- a crusade against drug abuse
- (archaic) A Portuguese coin; a crusado.
(third-person singular simple present crusades, present participle crusading, simple past and past participle crusaded)
- To make a grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.
- He crusaded against similar injustices for the rest of his life.