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Princeton's WordNet

  1. campaign, cause, crusade, drive, movement, effortnoun

    a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

    "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"

  2. Crusadeverb

    any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims

  3. crusade, fight, press, campaign, push, agitateverb

    exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for

    "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"

  4. crusadeverb

    go on a crusade; fight a holy war


  1. crusadenoun

    Any of the military expedition undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th to 13th centuries to reconquest the Levant from the Muslims

  2. crusadenoun

    A grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.

  3. crusadeverb

    To make a grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.

    He crusaded against similar injustices for the rest of his life.

  4. Crusadenoun

    One of a series of ostensibly religious campaigns by Christian forces from the 11th to the 13th century, mostly to capture the Holy Land from the Muslims who occupied it.

  5. Etymology: From croisade, from cruciata, past participle of crucio, from crux

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Crusade, Crusadonoun

    Believe me, I had rather have lost my purse
    Full of crusadoes. William Shakespeare, Othello.


  1. crusade

    The Crusades were a series of religious wars initiated, supported, and sometimes directed by the Latin Church in the medieval period. The best known of these Crusades are those to the Holy Land in the period between 1095 and 1291 that were intended to recover Jerusalem and its surrounding area from Islamic rule. Beginning with the First Crusade, which resulted in the recovery of Jerusalem in 1099, dozens of Crusades were fought, providing a focal point of European history for centuries. In 1095, Pope Urban II proclaimed the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont. He encouraged military support for Byzantine emperor Alexios I against the Seljuk Turks and called for an armed pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Across all social strata in western Europe, there was an enthusiastic response. The first Crusaders had a variety of motivations, including religious salvation, satisfying feudal obligations, opportunities for renown, and economic or political advantage. Later crusades were conducted by generally more organized armies, sometimes led by a king. All were granted papal indulgences. Initial successes established four Crusader states: the County of Edessa; the Principality of Antioch; the Kingdom of Jerusalem; and the County of Tripoli. The Crusader presence remained in the region in some form until the fall of Acre in 1291. After this, there were no further crusades to recover the Holy Land. Concurrent military activities in the Iberian Peninsula against the Moors and in northeastern Europe against pagan West Slav, Baltic, and Finnic peoples (the Northern Crusades) have also been called crusades – sometimes retroactively, long after the event had ended – due to the facts that they also had central approval by the Roman Catholic Church and that the military campaigns were organized in comparable fashion, with often similar rhetoric, symbolism, and banners as applied during the campaigns in the Middle East. Other church-sanctioned campaigns called crusades were fought against heretical Christian sects (precursors of proto-Protestantism), against the Ottoman Empire, and for political reasons. Unsanctioned by the church, there were also several Popular Crusades of ordinary citizens. Proclaimed a crusade in 1123, the struggle between the Christians and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula eventually became better known as the Reconquista in European historiography, and only ended in 1492 with the fall of the Muslim Emirate of Granada. From 1147, campaigns in Northern Europe against pagan tribes were considered crusades. In 1199, Pope Innocent III began the practice of proclaiming crusades against Christian heretics. In the 13th century, crusading was used against the Cathars in Languedoc and against Bosnia; this practice continued against the Waldensians in Savoy and the Hussites in Bohemia in the 15th century and against Protestants in the 16th. From the mid-14th century, crusading rhetoric was used in response to the rise of the Ottoman Empire, and ended around 1699 with the War of the Holy League.


  1. crusade

    A crusade is a large-scale, vigorous campaign or movement, usually over a prolonged period, in support of a specific cause, belief, or goal or against an existing issue or problem. This term often refers to the historical military campaigns organized by the Christian Church during the middle ages, known as "The Crusades", intended to reclaim the Holy Land from Muslim control. However, it can also refer to any concerted effort or vigorous campaign for change in any area of society.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crusadenoun

    any one of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers, in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries, for the recovery of the Holy Land from the Mohammedans

  2. Crusadenoun

    any enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm; as, a crusade against intemperance

  3. Crusadenoun

    a Portuguese coin. See Crusado

  4. Crusadeverb

    to engage in a crusade; to attack in a zealous or hot-headed manner

  5. Etymology: [F. croisade, fr. Pr. crozada, or Sp cruzada, or It. crociata, from a verb signifying to take the cross, mark one's self with a cross, fr. L. crux cross; or possibly taken into English directly fr. Pr. Cf. Croisade, Crosado, and see Cross.]


  1. Crusade

    Crusade is an American spin-off TV show from J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5. Its plot is set in AD 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, and just after the movie A Call to Arms. A race called the Drakh have released a nanovirus plague on Earth, which will destroy all life on Earth within five years if it is not stopped. To that end, the Victory class destroyer Excalibur has been sent out to look for anything that could help the search for a cure.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crusade

    kroo-sād′, n. a military expedition under the banner of the cross to recover the Holy Land from the Turks: any daring or romantic undertaking.—v.i. to go on a crusade.—n. Crusad′er, one engaged in a crusade. [Fr. croisade—Prov. crozadacroz, a cross—L. crux, a cross.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crusade in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crusade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of crusade in a Sentence

  1. George Herbert Walker Bush:

    The notion of political correctness . declares certain topics. certain expressions . even certain gestures off-limits. What began as a crusade for civility has soured into a cause of conflict and even censorship.

  2. Jennifer Pizer:

    [W]e are witness yet again to the unrelenting anti-LGBTQ crusade being waged by self-described Christian fundamentalist legal groups aiming to chip away at the hard-won gains of LGBTQ people by carving out swaths of territory where discrimination can flourish, the constitutional protections for religious freedom and free speech were never intended as weapons of discrimination for those doing business with the general public.

  3. Jamie Oliver:

    My wife's probably stricter, she'd say, ‘ Oh please, don't. ’ But they'd only end up doing it in some other place. Jamie Oliver launched his most recent crusade against fast food — called #AdEnough — on Tuesday, to combat what he says is the junk food industry’s.

  4. Chuck Norris:

    I gave my life to the Lord at 12. I was baptized at 12. Then it grew stronger. And when I got to go to a crusade for Billy Graham, unfortunately a lot of times in the entertainment industry, sometimes you lose sight of what's really important in your life. I lost a marriage because of it.

  5. President Duterte:

    I will run as vice president, then I will continue the crusade. Number one is insurgency, then criminality, drugs, i may not have the power to give the direction or guidance but I can always express my views in public.

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