cru·​sad·​er krü-ˈsā-dər How to pronounce crusader (audio)
plural crusaders
: one who engages in a crusade: such as
Crusader : a person who participated in any of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to win the Holy Land from the Muslims
This is religion as the Crusaders knew it: a battle to the death for souls that if not saved will be forever lost.Benjamin R. Barber
Cleanliness improved during the Middle Ages—particularly after the Crusaders imported the Turkish bath.Winifred Gallagher
Then the church was looted by the Christian crusaders from the West, who converted it for fifty-seven years to the Roman Catholic ritual.Mario Salvadori
: a person who makes an impassioned and sustained effort to bring about social or political change
human rights crusaders
an anti-government crusader
Black women lawyers early on were in the forefront of the civil rights struggle. Many women attorneys were crusaders for the poor and needy …Rita E. Hauser

Examples of crusader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An anti-corruption crusader Navalny was born in June 1976 in the village of Butyn near Moscow, the son of a military officer. Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 But there’s no disputing that the task of resuscitating the Chargers, who were an ugly 5-12 last season and face severe salary-cap challenges, requires nothing less than the might and dedication of a caped crusader. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Pattinson is set to continue as the caped crusader following his turn in Matt Reeves' The Batman, while Stewart last year earned her first Academy Award nomination for the role of Princess Diana in Spencer. Shania Russell,, 26 Nov. 2023 Election deniers, anti-vaccination crusaders, conspiracy theorists. Hannah Allam, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 For anti-smoking crusaders uncomfortable with the idea of people inhaling nicotine without tobacco, there is an alternative form of NRT that has not received much press coverage in this country. Jeffrey A. Singer, National Review, 1 Feb. 2024 The partnership’s solution is one that is also popular with anti-plastic crusaders: more producer responsibility laws. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 16 Jan. 2024 As House Oversight Committee chairman, Comer has presented himself as a bipartisan ethics crusader only interested in uncovering the truth. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, 14 Dec. 2023 Some, such as health law expert Timothy Caulfield of the University of Alberta, blame misinformation and conspiracy theories spewed by antivaccine crusaders for the decline. Keith Kloor, Scientific American, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crusader was in 1742

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“Crusader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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