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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the military expeditions undertaken by European Christians in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.
  • n. A holy war undertaken with papal sanction.
  • n. A vigorous concerted movement for a cause or against an abuse. See Synonyms at campaign.
  • intransitive v. To engage in a crusade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the military expedition undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th to 13th centuries to reconquer the Levant from the Muslims.
  • n. A grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.
  • v. To make a grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm.
  • n. A Portuguese coin. See Crusado.
  • intransitive v. To engage in a crusade; to attack in a zealous or hot-headed manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To engage in a crusade; support or oppose any cause with zeal.
  • n. A military expedition under the banner of the cross; specifically, one of the medieval expeditions undertaken by the Christians of Europe for the recovery of the Holy Land from the Mohammedans.
  • n. Any vigorous concerted action for the defense or advancement of an idea or a cause, or in opposition to a public evil: as, a temperance crusade; the crusade against slavery.
  • n. Same as crusado.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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
  • v. go on a crusade; fight a holy war
  • n. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
  • v. 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

Etymologies

French croisade and Spanish cruzada, both ultimately from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Formed as a hybrid of Middle French croisade and Spanish cruzada, both from Medieval Latin cruciata, cruzata. In English use since the 1570s. (Wiktionary)

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