Definitions of crusade

  1. 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. go on a crusade; fight a holy war
  3. 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.
  4. Any enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm; as, a crusade against intemperance.
  5. A Portuguese coin. See Crusado.
  6. To engage in a crusade; to attack in a zealous or hot- headed manner.
  7. A military expedition under the banner of the cross engaged in by one of the Christian powers to recover the Holy Land; vigorous concerted action for the defense of some cause, or the advancement of some idea; as, the crusade against slavery.
  8. To engage in a crusade.
  9. Crusader.
  10. A military expedition under the banner of the cross to recover the Holy Land from the Turks: any daring or romantic undertaking.
  11. Expedition to recover the Holy Land; religious or fanatical expedition.
  12. To go on or engage in a crusade.
  13. A medieval gathering of the Christians of Europe for the conquest of the Holy Sepulcher; any vigorous concerted movement.
  14. One of those military expeditions undertaken during the middle ages under the banner of the cross for the recovery of the Holy Land from the power of the Saracens; any hostile joint enterprise conducted in a similar enthusiastic or fanatical spirit.
  15. To join in a crusade.
  16. A romantic undertaking.

Usage examples for crusade

  1. It is time to open a crusade against this hypocritical suppression of knowledge, which leads to endless and needless suffering. – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  2. Lalage's crusade had produced an extraordinary effect. – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  3. I is heared it called a crusade an' a pilgrimage an' a whole passel of other fancy names. – J. Poindexter, Colored by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  4. The two most hopeful developments in American politics during recent years have been the progressive movement, with its program of social justice, and the growth of independent voting- both developments made possible in large part by the agrarian crusade. – The Agrarian Crusade A Chronicle of the Farmer in Politics by Solon J. Buck
  5. The crusade against men was well! – Berenice by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. This last clause, though a clear statement of the common law, would, of course, render hopeless Mr. Gompers's crusade in favor of the boycott, the object of a boycott invariably being to control the acts of somebody else. – Popular Law-making by Frederic Jesup Stimson
  7. They decided that the place was too important to be parted with, but undertook to raise any sum of money for the ransom; and if this were not accepted, proposed to ask the Pope to proclaim a crusade for his rescue. – A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte M. Yonge
  8. My dear Treadman, let me ask you seriously to consider whether you propose to conduct your crusade on logical lines or as creatures of impulse. – A Second Coming by Richard Marsh
  9. The two men, however, recognized each other's genius, and Lorenzo, with the tolerance which was as much a mark of the first three Medici rulers as its absence was notable in most of the later ones, rather encouraged Savonarola in his crusade than not. – A Wanderer in Florence by E. V. Lucas
  10. They talked rather of the chances for worldly fame and gain which the crusade presented, and aroused a desire in many of their countrymen to win both heavenly and earthly glory by an expedition to the Holy Land. – The Story of Norway by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  11. It was largely because of such feelings that the great states of Europe so long persisted in the craven policy of paying blackmail to the robbers, instead of joining in a crusade and destroying them. – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
  12. When the details became public property, a wave of indignation swept from the Atlantic to the Pacific; the oil regions, which would have been the heaviest sufferers, shut down their wells and so cut off the supply of crude oil; the New York newspapers started a " crusade" against the South Improvement group and Congress ordered an investigation. – The Age of Big Business Volume 39 in The Chronicles of America Series by Burton J. Hendrick
  13. " A woman would have to be- to be a good deal of a woman, not any less one, to put such a thing across, Jane," I said, with a preflash of some of the things that might happen in such a cruel crusade of reformation and deprivation of rights. – The Tinder-Box by Maria Thompson Daviess
  14. In the Jena and Friedland campaigns, the Hapsburgs played the part of the sulking Achilles, and met their natural reward in 1809. The war of 1812 marshalled both Austria and Prussia as vassal States in Napoleon's crusade against Russia. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  15. He is going to the Holy Father, Christ on earth, to urge him concerning the affairs of the holy Crusade. – Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Catherine Benincasa
  16. Great was the emotion in Europe; and the cry of the crusade was heard once more. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume II. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  17. Whereupon the Secretary resigned, and no less than seven high Treasury officials, who had been active in the crusade of reform, left the department at the same time. – Ulysses S. Grant by Walter Allen
  18. The Silent answered: The sword of the crusade fell from the wall at the maid's feet. – Flemish Legends by Charles de Coster
  19. In the First Crusade it was the ordinary man who was right or wrong. – The New Jerusalem by G. K. Chesterton
  20. The first crusade streamed past the mighty rock. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still