- 1 (Crusade) Each of a series of medieval military expeditions made by Europeans to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries: the fanaticism engendered by the Crusades in 1204 the armies of the Fourth Crusade sacked ConstantinopleMore example sentences
- Medieval England was to gain a great deal from the Crusades.
- Saladin and Richard the Lionheart are two names that tend to dominate the Crusades.
- The first Crusade took three years to reach the Holy Land.
- 1.1A war instigated for alleged religious ends: the Albigensian crusadesMore example sentences
- Our holy wars, crusades, and pogroms have decimated people in the millions in the name of our religion.
- However, there has been little to compare to the crusades and religious wars in medieval and early-modern Europe.
- Therefore, the Civil War must be a religious crusade to regain the Almighty's favour.
- 2A vigorous campaign for political, social, or religious change: a crusade against crimeMore example sentences
- A civil servant has vowed to carry on her crusade against crime despite becoming the victim of a hate campaign.
- While urging the authorities to find more resources to fix up our schools, our political representatives ought to be leading the crusade against vandalism.
- The crusade against child obesity is likely to produce, not healthy outcomes, but miserable children and anxious parents and epidemics of dieting and eating disorders.
verb[no object] (often as adjective crusading) Back to top
- Lead or take part in a vigorous campaign for social, political, or religious change: a crusading stance on povertyMore example sentences
- She said that, as somebody who has been crusading to get insurance premiums down for drivers under 25, she was appalled at such comments.
- He was a pioneer conservationist, crusading to save Georgian London from the developers and responsible for saving Carlton House Terrace.
- You're crusading against a lot of the violence that some of the other hip-hop artists celebrate.
late 16th century (originally as croisade): from French croisade, an alteration (influenced by Spanish cruzado) of earlier croisée, literally 'the state of being marked with the cross', based on Latin crux, cruc- 'cross'; in the 17th century the form crusado, from Spanish cruzado, was introduced. The blending of these two forms led to the current spelling, first recorded in the early 18th century.