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crusade

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noun cru·sade \krü-ˈsād\

Definition of crusade

  1. 1 capitalized :  any of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to win the Holy Land from the Muslims

  2. 2 :  a remedial enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm a crusade against drunk driving

Examples of crusade in a Sentence

  1. a grassroots crusade for spending more money on our public schools

Did You Know?

In 1095, when Palestinian lands were held by Muslims, Pope Urban II exhorted Christians to reclaim the Holy Sepulchre and other venerated sites. Those who responded wore crosses of cloth on their breasts to identify themselves as soldiers in Christ’s army. Medieval French words for such holy wars were croisement, croiserie, croisée, and croisade, all derivatives of crois, meaning “cross.” In the 18th century, long after the crusades themselves had ceased, English borrowed both French croisade and the Spanish cruzado (likewise formed from a word meaning “cross”), blending the two to produce crusade.

Origin and Etymology of crusade

blend of Middle French croisade & Spanish cruzada; both ultimately from Latin cruc-, crux cross


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crusade

verb cru·sade

Definition of crusade

crusaded

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crusading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in a crusade

crusader

noun

Origin and Etymology of crusade

see 1crusade


CRUSADE Defined for English Language Learners

crusade

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noun

Definition of crusade for English Language Learners

  • Crusade : any one of the wars that European Christian countries fought against Muslims in Palestine in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries

  • : a major effort to change something

crusade

verb

Definition of crusade for English Language Learners

  • : to take part in a major effort to change something


CRUSADE Defined for Kids

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crusade

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noun cru·sade \krü-ˈsād\

Definition of crusade for Students

  1. 1 cap :  one of the military expeditions made by Christian countries in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims

  2. 2 :  a campaign to get things changed for the better a crusade against litter


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crusade

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verb cru·sade

Definition of crusade for Students

crusaded

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crusading

  1. 1 :  to take part in a medieval military expedition to recover the Holy Land

  2. 2 :  to take part in a campaign to make things better

crusader

\krü-ˈsā-dər\ noun


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