- (often initial capital letter) any of the military expeditions undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries for the recovery of the Holy Land from the Muslims.
- any war carried on under papal sanction.
- any vigorous, aggressive movement for the defense or advancement of an idea, cause, etc.: a crusade against child abuse.
- to go on or engage in a crusade.
Origin of crusade
Examples from the Web for crusade
A crusade is based on the spirit of the people, and the will of volunteers.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
Within days of 9/11 he was talking about a “crusade” to avenge the blow, without realizing how freighted that word was.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
Seventeen years after giving birth to The Daily Show, comedian Lizz Winstead is on a crusade for lady parts.'Daily Show' Creator Lizz Winstead Is the Queen of Calling Bullshit
December 23, 2013
But now the senior House Republican is throwing his weight behind a crusade of his own: to keep gay candidates out of Congress.Fringe Factor: Obamacare, A Modern-Day Apartheid
December 8, 2013
This, after two dozen of them said they were against Ted Cruz and his defunding Obamacare crusade.Help Us Harry Reid, You’re Our Only Hope
October 9, 2013
It was against these savage Turks that the first Crusade was directed.
On the death of his countess, Foulques vowed to go on a crusade.
Huck Finn, do you mean to tell me you don't know what a crusade is?
A crusade is a war to recover the Holy Land from the paynim.
The return from this Crusade was as disastrous as that from the siege of Troy.
- (often capital) any of the military expeditions undertaken in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries by the Christian powers of Europe to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
- (formerly) any holy war undertaken on behalf of a religious cause
- a vigorous and dedicated action or movement in favour of a cause
- to campaign vigorously for something
- to go on a crusade
Word Origin and History for crusade
1706, respelling of croisade (1570s), from Middle French croisade (16c.), Spanish cruzada, both from Medieval Latin cruciata, past participle of cruciare "to mark with a cross," from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "cross." Other Middle English forms were croiserie, creiserie. Figurative sense of "campaign against a public evil" is from 1786.
1732, from crusade (n.). Related: Crusaded; crusading.