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BNC: 7819 COCA: 7310


1 crusade /kruˈseɪd/ noun
plural crusades
1 crusade
plural crusades
Learner's definition of CRUSADE
Crusade : any one of the wars that European Christian countries fought against Muslims in Palestine in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries十字军东征usually plural通常用复数
: a major effort to change something改革运动usually + for or against
2 crusade /kruˈseɪd/ verb
crusaded; crusading
2 crusade
crusaded; crusading
Learner's definition of CRUSADE
[no object]
: to take part in a major effort to change something从事改革运动;为…奋斗usually + for or against

— crusader

or Crusader noun, plural crusaders [count]
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cru·​sade krü-ˈsād How to pronounce crusade (audio)
capitalized : any of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to win the Holy Land from the Muslims
: a remedial enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm
a crusade against drunk driving


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crusaded; crusading

intransitive verb

: to engage in a crusade

Did you know?

In 1095, when Palestinian lands were held by Muslims, Pope Urban II exhorted Christians to reclaim the Holy Sepulchre and other venerated sites. Those who responded wore crosses of cloth on their breasts to identify themselves as soldiers in Christ’s army. Medieval French words for such holy wars were croisement, croiserie, croisée, and croisade, all derivatives of crois, meaning “cross.” In the 18th century, long after the crusades themselves had ceased, English borrowed both French croisade and the Spanish cruzado (likewise formed from a word meaning “cross”), blending the two to produce crusade.

Example Sentences

Noun a grassroots crusade for spending more money on our public schools
Recent Examples on the Web
This has engendered a crusade of sorts in fire-prone areas in California and other parts of the West. WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 The denizens of r/RawMeat seem to skew young and male, and their forum unfurls like a pamphlet for a profound new epicurean crusade. Luke Winkie, Bon Appétit, 31 Aug. 2022 Cheney is hoping to turn her landslide loss in the primary into a nationwide crusade to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. Mariam Khan, ABC News, 21 Aug. 2022 By launching a moralistic crusade against the isolationist senator, the Post could not only discredit one of the president’s most nettlesome critics. James Kirchick, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 The law is part of a conservative crusade that has swept the country. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 In those days, Mike McNabb recalled, the Sierra Club and other environmentalists picketed the dam in what seemed a quixotic crusade to remove it and expose the canyons lost to the water in the 1960s. AZCentral.com, 1 Mar. 2022 One who has a master’s degree in linguistics has made green energy a crusade on a reservation where coal, gas, and uranium have reigned supreme for decades, leaving tainted groundwater in their wake. Randall Hyman, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Dec. 2021 In the weeks that followed, the grieving mother demanded answers, rallied her community and sparked a crusade for justice that swept the globe. Shaddi Abusaid, ajc, 27 Nov. 2021
Rensenbrink taught political philosophy and history at Bowdoin College in Maine for decades and helped found the new political party out of frustration with the Democratic Party and a desire to crusade in favor of peace and the environment. Fox News, 5 Aug. 2022 Rensenbrink taught political philosophy and history at Bowdoin College in Maine for decades and helped found the new political party out of frustration with the Democratic Party and a desire to crusade in favor of peace and the environment. Patrick Whittle, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 Stern boasts a fabled history of leading successful investigations, as the New York assistant DA who handled the Malcolm X murder, and as the crusading U.S. attorney for New Jersey who prosecuted leading politicians across the state. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2020 The drama, which opened Christmas Day, stars Michael B. Jordan as crusading lawyer Bryan Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as death row inmate Walter McMillian. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2020 Washington and Adam Driver prove their mettle as top thespians of their generation, and Lee finds plenty of humor and modern relevance here with a narrative of cops crusading against white supremacists. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2019 Tony Pro told a series of obscene jokes about Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who was crusading against the Mob. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2019 Stanley Sporkin forced changes in corporate behavior in the 1970s as a crusading enforcement chief at the Securities and Exchange Commission who cracked down on bribery of foreign officials. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2020 There is a deep well of affection and nostalgia for this version of Sessions among Alabama primary voters — the pre-recusal Sessions, the crusading conservative senator. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2020 See More

Word History


Noun and Verb

blend of Middle French croisade & Spanish cruzada; both ultimately from Latin cruc-, crux cross

First Known Use


circa 1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crusade was circa 1708
BNC: 7819 COCA: 7310


ADJECTIVE | VERB + CRUSADE | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEgreat偉大的運動holy, moral, personal神聖的/提倡道德的/個人的運動VERB + CRUSADEembark on, launch, mount, start發動運動;發起運動The charity tonight launched its great crusade against homelessness.今晚這家慈善機構發起了援助無家可歸者的大型活動。be engaged in, join, wage參與/加入/開展運動She seems to be waging a personal crusade to stop this building work.她似乎在進行一場個人聖戰來阻止這項建築工程。lead領導運動PREPOSITIONon a crusade從事運動He is on a crusade to take the church to the people.他在從事一項向民眾傳教的工作。crusade against反⋯的運動The book urges parents to join a crusade against crime.該書極力主張父母參加打擊犯罪的運動。crusade for為⋯的運動For 23 years he led a crusade for peace.他領導了一場長達 23 年的和平運動。
BNC: 7819 COCA: 7310
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0_0: Translations of crusade
  • # v.
    加入聖戰: crusade
    徵戰: campaign, crusade, go on an expedition
  • # n.
    聖戰: crusade, holy war
    運動: athletics, campaign, crusade, motion, move, movement

0_0: Definitions of crusade
  • # noun.
    - 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
    - a vigorous campaign for political, social, or religious change.
    * a crusade against crime
  • # verb.
    - lead or take part in a vigorous campaign for social, political, or religious change.
    * he crusaded against gambling in the 1950s

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