- (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 crusades
And Bossie will once again be in the thick of it, all the more dangerous for having learned from his past crusades.Clinton Nemesis Now After Obama
September 30, 2010
She spoke no English but because of my Hindi, I was able to go over and hear stories about her life and her crusades.My Own Private Bollywood
Katherine Russell Rich
July 7, 2009
The Road to Jerusalemby Jan Guillou An epic novel about love and war during the Crusades.The Daily Beast Recommends
The Daily Beast
April 28, 2009
Yet Spitzer alone was able to use both attributes for his crusades.Why Obama Should Hire Eliot Spitzer
April 6, 2009
Probably, if they had continued in Palestine, there would have been no Crusades.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
No knight of the Crusades could have been more attentive to her slightest wish.Up the Forked River
Edward Sylvester Ellis
Then there were the Crusades, which in these times brought the East in touch with the West.The Hindu-Arabic Numerals
David Eugene Smith
Other Crusades followed, of which mere mention must suffice.Peter the Hermit
Daniel A. Goodsell
Peter the Hermit, seconded by the pope, had given birth to the Crusades.Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)
- (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 crusades
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.
A series of wars fought from the late eleventh through the thirteenth centuries, in which European kings and warriors set out to gain control of the lands in which Jesus lived, known as the Holy Land. At that time, these areas were held by Muslims. The Crusaders conquered Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) in 1099 but failed to secure the Holy Land, and they were driven out by the late thirteenth century. Nevertheless, the Crusades had several lasting results, including the exposure of Europeans to the goods, technology, and customs of Asia.