crusade

noun
cru·sade | \krü-ˈsād \

Definition of crusade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

crusade

verb
crusaded; crusading

Definition of crusade (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to engage in a crusade

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Other Words from crusade

Verb

crusader noun

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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.

Examples of crusade in a Sentence

Noun

a grassroots crusade for spending more money on our public schools

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Javier Baez continued his crusade to be selected to the National League All-Star team Tuesday night. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Should Javier Baez be an All-Star? Tuesday's performance bolsters his case," 27 June 2018 In a Wednesday statement, Apple framed its decision to tighten iPhone security even further as part of its crusade to protect the highly personal information that its customers store on their phones. Michael Liedtke, USA TODAY, "Apple to tighten iPhone data security by closing gap used by police to crack devices," 14 June 2018 Nelson, on the other hand, has pushed for gun control measures alongside students from Parkland, who have taken the national spotlight in their crusade for stricter gun laws from lawmakers both in Florida and Washington. NBC News, "Florida Gov. Rick Scott to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson," 9 Apr. 2018 The left finding some new targets in its crusade against American history and monuments. Fox News, "Ingraham: All but forgotten American tragedies," 28 Mar. 2018 About 2,300 invited guests will gather under a massive tent meant to recall Graham’s 1949 crusade in Los Angeles. Tim Funk, Bruce Henderson And Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Billy Graham motorcade on its way to Charlotte as mourners ready to welcome him home | Charlotte Observer," 24 Feb. 2018 One fan's success has led to the crusade of another and Harbour again has become the focal point, not before the fan gave up the notion of asking Ed Sheeran, of course. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "'Stranger Things' actor David Harbour could officiate fan's wedding -- but she needs your help," 17 Jan. 2018 Petro rose to national prominence in 2006 leading a crusade to expose the alliance between conservative allies of then-President Uribe and right-wing paramilitary groups. Washington Post, "Ex-rebel looks to defy odds in Colombia presidential race," 16 June 2018 In addition to his crusade against affirmative action, Blum has also worked to overturn gerrymandered districts that favor racial minority candidates. Jamie Halper, BostonGlobe.com, "Meet the man behind the Harvard admissions lawsuit," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most of your career has been spent crusading against the corporate world. Tj Kliebhan, Chicago Reader, "Do This / Music Jeff Rosenstock talks about his notorious Pitchfork set and how he’s sticking to his DIY punk principles," 24 Apr. 2018 Whether in the United States or even the Soviet Union, their proper ethic was realistic, conservative and prudent, more wary of going to war than their reckless or crusading civilian masters. Gary J. Bass, New York Times, "Should We Worry About Trump’s Fawning Admiration of the Military?," 29 June 2018 For more than 20 years, ministers have played an invaluable role in crusading against street violence in the city. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "Shaun Harrison, fraud and would-be assassin, was a master manipulator of trust," 4 June 2018 His books have the Dead Girl story’s typical investigator with a good-guy complex, the crusading investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, whose career is dedicated to revealing fraud and corruption in the financial industry. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 The crusading science journalist best known for his beef with Big Sugar is beat after four days of nutrition conference glad-handing. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Collapse of a $40 Million Nutrition Science Crusade," 18 June 2018 Petro, a former M-19 guerrilla who went on to become a crusading senator and the capital’s mayor, had been a poster child for rehabilitation. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Ivan Duque beats former guerrilla to win Colombia's presidential election," 17 June 2018 At first, Conan Doyle’s crusading efforts went nowhere. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, "Arthur Conan Doyle, True Detective," 14 June 2018 Segal carried this crusading spirit into his adult life, helping open doors for the LGBTQ community that were not imaginable a half-century ago. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "Mark Segal, LGBTQ Iconoclast, Activist and Disruptor, Donates Lifetime of Papers and Artifacts," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of crusade

Noun

circa 1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1732, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crusade

Noun

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

Verb

see crusade entry 1

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crusade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crusade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

English Language Learners Definition of crusade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take part in a major effort to change something

crusade

noun
cru·sade | \krü-ˈsād \

Kids Definition of crusade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 capitalized : 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 : a campaign to get things changed for the better a crusade against litter

crusade

verb
crusaded; crusading

Kids Definition of crusade (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

Other Words from crusade

crusader \krü-ˈsā-dər \ noun

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