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[kroo-seyd] /kruˈseɪd/
(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.
verb (used without object), crusaded, crusading.
to go on or engage in a crusade.
Origin of crusade
1570-80; earlier crusada < Spanish cruzada; replacing croisade < Middle French. See cross, -ade1
Related forms
crusader, noun
noncrusading, adjective
post-Crusade, adjective
pre-Crusade, adjective Unabridged
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  • This provided food and persuaded the Turks of the indomitable spirit of the crusaders.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • The crusaders seem to have learned no permanent lesson of pity.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • Misset should lay the matter openly before his wife, and the four crusaders, to use Wogan's term, would be bound by her decision.

    Clementina A.E.W. Mason
  • The fellow was known i' the camp of the crusaders—disreputably known.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Up they mount; that and two other neighboring towers are given up to them; the three gates are opened, and the crusaders rush in.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
British Dictionary definitions for crusaders


(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
verb (intransitive)
to campaign vigorously for something
to go on a crusade
Derived Forms
crusader, noun
Word Origin
C16: from earlier croisade, from Old French crois cross, from Latin crux; influenced also by Spanish cruzada, from cruzar to take up the cross
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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