In a Christian landscape with so many diverse options, Pawlenty has eschewed the crusaders in favor of the consensus-builder.
Zawahiri urged all Muslims to unite behind Omar to defeat America and liberate Jerusalem from the crusaders and Jews.
He too "celebrates" the martyrdom of the "pioneer of Jihad against first the communists and then the crusaders."
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.