Definitions for: Crusade

[n] 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"
[n] any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11-13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
[v] go on a crusade; fight a holy war
[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; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cru*sade" (kr?-s?d"), n. [F. croisade, fr. Pr.
crozada, or Sp cruzada, or It. crociata, from a verb
signifying to take the cross, mark one's self with a cross,
fr. L. crux cross; or possibly taken into English directly
fr. Pr. Cf. Croisade, Crosado, and see Cross.]
1. 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.

2. Any enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm; as, a
crusade against intemperance.

3. A Portuguese coin. See Crusado.

Cru*sade", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crusaded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Crusading.]
To engage in a crusade; to attack in a zealous or hot-headed
manner. ``Cease crusading against sense.'' --M. Green.

Synonyms: agitate, campaign, campaign, cause, drive, effort, fight, movement, press, push

See Also: ad blitz, ad campaign, advertise, advertising campaign, advertize, anti-war movement, campaign, campaigning, candidacy, candidature, consumerism, ecumenical movement, electioneering, expedition, feminism, feminist movement, Fifth Crusade, First Crusade, Fourth Crusade, fund-raising campaign, fund-raising drive, fund-raising effort, gay lib, gay liberation movement, hostile expedition, lost cause, military expedition, political campaign, promote, reform, Second Crusade, Seventh Crusade, Sixth Crusade, take the field, Third Crusade, venture, war, women's lib, women's liberation movement, youth crusade, youth movement

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