Variant of crusade
- any of the military expeditions which Christians undertook from the 11th to the end of the 13th cent. to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims
- a vigorous, concerted action for some cause or idea, or against some abuse
Origin: < Sp cruzada, altered after Fr croisade, both < ML cruciata < pp. of cruciare, to mark with a cross < L crux, cross
- crusader noun
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