crusade

noun
cru·​sade | \ krü-ˈsād How to pronounce crusade (audio) \

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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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

James’s accession to the throne gave Penn increased influence at court and the prospect of some success in his long crusade for freedom of conscience and toleration. Robert K. Landers, WSJ, "‘William Penn’ and ‘The Worlds of William Penn’ Review: A Trans-Atlantic ‘Holy Experiment’," 11 Jan. 2019 Trump has set off similar surprises in trade, one of his signature political crusades. Philip Rucker, The Seattle Times, "Officials scramble to make Trump’s false assertions real," 23 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, his steady crusade paid off, with Mr. Rose winning 65 percent of the vote in the primary in the 11th Congressional District, which takes in all of Staten Island and a chunk of South Brooklyn. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "With G.O.P. Primary on Staten Island Over, Enter the Democrat," 29 June 2018 For Otis and his descendants, the bombing would harden their anti-union crusade for decades to come. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 He was wounded five times, captured three times (twice by J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry and once by Mosby’s Rangers), and exchanged three times in the long crusade. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Shall We Have Civil War or Second Thoughts?," 17 Aug. 2018 The standoff united the ranchers and the Patriots who rallied to them in a family crusade to get more and more ranchers to refuse to pay grazing fees on public land—and eventually, by armed defiance, to break the entire land management system. James Pogue, Outside Online, "The Religious Ideology Driving the Bundy Brothers," 14 May 2018 The weight of King’s crusade became a cross that was almost too heavy to bear, and King in the Wilderness finds the civil rights activist in uncharted territory that has often been overlooked. Andreas Hale, The Root, "HBO’s Documentary King in the Wilderness Is a Chilling Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final 18 Months on Earth," 15 Feb. 2018 The show really pushes its self-referential cred to the edge by conflating Arthur’s mission with the production’s own crusade to make it to Broadway. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Spamalot' induces more than canned laughter in Cygnet revival," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Franco, who was black and a lesbian, crusaded for black and gay causes. Sergio Ramalho, The Seattle Times, "Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice," 14 Jan. 2019 The most striking sight is in the Quire, where the Garter Knights each have permanent, elaborately carved stalls, marked by large enameled brass nameplates in French, the language the royal court and crusading knights used in the 14th century. Nancy Nathan, chicagotribune.com, "At Windsor Castle, a look at Harry and Meghan's (relatively) low-key wedding site," 16 Apr. 2018 The crusading Durham District Attorney, Mike Nifong who cooked evidence and raced to prosecute was disbarred and convicted of contempt for his actions. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 The trove has a colorful history, having been obtained in a hotel-room raid on a visiting businessman that may or may not have been coordinated by a crusading anti-Facebook journalist, who has stubbornly refused to comment on the matter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 Brazil needs more hardworking teachers and honest school principals, dedicated municipal workers, crusading public-health officials, and incorruptible judges. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Brazil Is Moving Its Embassy to Jerusalem," 5 Nov. 2018 The pattern has been influenced by where candidates put their resources, their regional ties, their endorsements and the role of conservative talk radio in Milwaukee, which crusaded for Walker in 2010 and against Trump in 2016. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP senate primary in Wisconsin already reflects north-south divide within party," 13 July 2018 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

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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 and Verb

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

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crusade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crusade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 How to pronounce crusade (audio) \

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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