Definition of crusade in English:


Pronunciation /kro͞oˈsād/ /kruˈseɪd/

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    (also Crusade)
    Each of a series of medieval military expeditions made by Europeans to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries.

    ‘the fanaticism engendered by the Crusades’
    • ‘in 1204 the armies of the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople’
    1. 1.1A war instigated for alleged religious ends.
      • ‘the Albigensian crusades’
  • 2A vigorous campaign for political, social, or religious change.

    • ‘a crusade against crime’
    campaign, drive, push, move, movement, effort, struggle
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intransitive verb

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  • Lead or take part in a vigorous campaign for social, political, or religious change.

    ‘he crusaded against gambling in the 1950s’
    • ‘She said that, as somebody who has been crusading to get insurance premiums down for drivers under 25, she was appalled at such comments.’
    • ‘He was a pioneer conservationist, crusading to save Georgian London from the developers and responsible for saving Carlton House Terrace.’
    • ‘You're crusading against a lot of the violence that some of the other hip-hop artists celebrate.’
    • ‘But it still strikes me as a bizarre issue to be crusading on behalf of.’
    • ‘He was ridiculed and reviled, but this did not deter him for one second from crusading on behalf of society's outcasts.’
    • ‘Why is it left to this small public company to be crusading in this area against the establishment?’
    • ‘And, it seems, that for all his crusading on behalf of workers, he isn't the best boss to work for.’
    • ‘Were my grandparents secretly crusading to end world hunger?’
    • ‘And he is crusading to force brokers to reveal how they are paid to sell certain funds.’
    • ‘The result was that Europe quickly lost its taste for crusading.’
    • ‘Mostly, crusading politicians get frustrated and give up or learn the ropes and work within the existing system.’
    • ‘Activist movements led by adult adoptees have crusaded against the ‘secrets and lies’ of confidential adoption.’
    • ‘The newspaper crusaded against emancipation in the months leading up to the draft riots.’
    • ‘He's devoted years of thought and action to foreign policy, and in decades past has courageously crusaded against national security corruption, including the CIA's connection to contra supporters involved with drug dealing.’
    • ‘He has crusaded ceaselessly against welfare recipients, eventually gaining national renown by time-limiting their eligibility for support.’
    • ‘Before the election, the local media successfully crusaded for change in government policy that would provide free antiretroviral treatment to the poor.’
    • ‘He changed the position of the Catholic church on the death penalty, and he crusaded against the death penalty.’
    • ‘He crusaded for free food stamps to combat hunger and malnutrition in children.’
    • ‘True, they crusaded to take women out of politics, but they did so in order to open up other areas of public life to women.’
    campaign, fight, do battle, battle, take up arms, take up the cudgels, work, push, press, strive, struggle, agitate, lobby
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Late 16th century (originally as croisade): from French croisade, an alteration (influenced by Spanish cruzado) of earlier croisée, literally ‘the state of being marked with the cross’, based on Latin crux, cruc- ‘cross’; in the 17th century the form crusado, from Spanish cruzado, was introduced. The blending of these two forms led to the current spelling, first recorded in the early 18th century.