- (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 crusaded
The Texas crusader let it slip this week that she is badly misinformed on the late-term abortion ban she crusaded against.On Abortion, Wendy Davis Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About
August 8, 2013
But it was Carter who first crusaded for the U.S. to wean itself off of its dependence on oil.Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President
February 24, 2013
Never mind Keynes; Milton Friedman had crusaded against this kind of thinking.Paul Krugman: Austerity Is So Wrong!
May 6, 2012
He says, however, that he deserves no credit for it, but crusaded because he enjoyed the struggle.Cox--The Man
Roger W. Babson
Poor man, he had crusaded in Preussen in a brilliant manner, being fond of fighting.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol, II. (of XXI.)
It is high time that civilians awakened to the dangers surrounding them and crusaded against them in a proper manner.Damaged Goods
Frederick II was not only crusaded against, but excommunicated—without visible injury.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
- (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 crusaded
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.