Crusade definition

kro͝o-sād
A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
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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.
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A vigorous, concerted action for some cause or idea, or against some abuse.
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A concerted effort or vigorous movement for a cause or against an abuse.

A crusade for literacy; a crusade against drunk driving.

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To engage in a crusade.
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One of a series of ostensibly religious campaigns by Christian forces from the 11th to the 13th century, mostly to capture the Holy Land from the Muslims who occupied it.

During the Crusade, they encountered the first batch of jihadists near the coast.

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Any of the separate military expeditions undertaken as part of the Crusades.
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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.

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To crusade is defined as to rebel against an unfair practice.

An example of to crusade is to fight for equal rights for women.

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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.

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(figuratively) A grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.

A crusade against drug abuse.

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(archaic) A Portuguese coin; a crusado.
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To make a grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.

He crusaded against similar injustices for the rest of his life.

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To engage in a crusade.
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the Crusades
  • a series of military expeditions undertaken chiefly by European Christians from the 11th to the end of the 13th cent. to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
crusade
Plural:
crusades

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Crusades

Origin of crusade

  • French croisade Spanish cruzada both ultimately from Latin crux cruc- cross

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French croisade (“marked by the Cross”), from Medieval Latin cruciata, past participle of cruciare (“to mark with a cross”), from Latin crux (“cross”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Formed as a hybrid of Middle French croisade and Spanish cruzada, both from Medieval Latin cruciata, cruzata. In English use since the 1570s.

    From Wiktionary