- (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 crusader
His success was revolutionary, but what would the crusader think if he saw the massacres that have gone unstopped today?The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
In an article entitled “In the words of the enemy,” it describes Obama as a “crusader, apostate.”It'll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS
September 2, 2014
Do you know,” she says, “there is a belief that some of us Palestinian Christians have red hair because of our Crusader blood.Justin Cartwright’s Novel ‘Lion Heart’ May Win Him the Audience He Deserves
March 25, 2014
Some historical structures, including the mosque, the cemetery and a Crusader building, would be preserved.Palestinians and Jews Unite to Save the Pre-1948 Town of Lifta
Lauren Gelfond Feldinger
November 21, 2013
The poet, publisher, and crusader for progressive causes died in 1965, leaving behind a boarded-up house in the south of France.What Can You Learn About Writers From Their Personal Libraries?
September 17, 2013
Because you recited that doggerel about The Run of Crusader.
I want to thank you, Miss Porter, for that reading about Crusader.
These Manchester men had little of the Crusader or Elizabethan but his valour.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
The blood-red cross of the crusader will stand no admixture of colour.Mountain Meditations
The Crusader king loved the Normans, and bequeathed his heart to them.
- (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 crusader
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.