• WordNet 3.6
    • n Crusader a warrior who engages in a holy war "the Crusaders tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims"
    • n crusader a disputant who advocates reform
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Persians first began using colored eggs to celebrate spring in 3,000 B.C. 13th century Macedonians were the first Christians on record to use colored eggs in Easter celebrations. Crusaders returning from the Middle East spread the custom of coloring eggs, and Europeans began to use them to celebrate Easter and other warm weather holidays.
    • n Crusader One engaged in a crusade; as, the crusaders of the Middle Ages. "Azure-eyed and golden-haired,
      Forth the young crusaders fared."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crusader A person engaged in a crusade. The crusaders of the middle ages bore as a badge on the breast or the shoulder a representation of the cross, the assumption of which, called “taking the cross,” constituted a binding engagement and released them from all other obligations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crusader one engaged in a crusade
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  • Captain J. G. Stedman
    Captain J. G. Stedman
    “During the crusades all were religious mad, and now all are mad for want of it.”
  • A. J. P. Taylor
    A. J. P. Taylor
    “The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism.”
  • William Danforth
    William Danforth
    “I want you to start a crusade in you life -- to dare to be your best.”
  • Paul J. Meyer
    Paul J. Meyer
    “Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.”
  • Robert Lindner
    Robert Lindner
    “It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.”
  • Harold Wilson
    Harold Wilson
    “This Party is a moral crusade or it is nothing.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. croisade—Prov. crozadacroz, a cross—L. crux, a cross.


In literature:

A Crusader on a tomb.
"The Rose Garden Husband" by Margaret Widdemer
Vow yourselves crusaders to redeem that sacred sepulchre.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
This monkish turn of mind had increased upon the king since his return from the Crusades.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
The family was originally from Touraine, and dates back to the Crusaders, and is most aristocratic.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
Early in the course of this study a distinction was drawn between Christians and Crusaders.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
It was a critical time in the Crusader's kingdom.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
Until the time of the Crusades Constantinople was the centre of the Levant trade.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
Philip of Alsace died in the crusade, during the siege of St. John of Acre (1191).
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
The Crusaders raided its valley more than once, but never took the city.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
He returned to Hungary as papal legate, bringing with him the bull of Leo X. proclaiming a fresh crusade against the Turks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

And best invention been retained
For high crusades to lessen tears
Throughout the race, the world had gained!…
But too much, this, for fifty years.
"The Jubilee Of A Magazine:(To The Editor)" by Thomas Hardy
They say: It is the Child's Crusade
Was talked of in our early Spring.
St. George, St. Denis, to their aid!
That was a boy's voice challenging,
Shrill like a bugle, unafraid!
"Palestine: 1917 " by Katharine Tynan
How strange if it should fall to you,
To me, our boys should do the deed
The great Crusaders failed to do!
To win Christ's Sepulchre: to bleed,
So the immortal dream come true.
"Palestine: 1917 " by Katharine Tynan
You think they are crusaders, sent
From some infernal clime,
To pluck the eyes of Sentiment,
And dock the tail of Rhyme,
To crack the voice of Melody,
And break the legs of Time.
"The Music-Grinders" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Not Peter, the wild Crusader,
When bent upon his knee,
Not Arthur and his belted knights,
In the Poet's Song, could be
More earnest than those Southern men
Who followed Robert Lee.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
Your son and my son, clean as new swords;
Your man and my man and now the Lord's!
Your son and my son for the Great Crusade,
With the banner of Christ over them—our knights new-made.
"To The Others" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

King his Quixotic Crusade is Irrelevant.
JFK Fought DDT in Rachel Carson 's Environmental Crusade.
One doctor's crusade against gifts from the drug industry has grown into a small, but vocal, group.
The Red Herring Crusade Against For-Profit Colleges.
Some members of Congress have joined in the crusade against for-profit colleges, and not for nothing.
To critics, the few dozen researchers who met this week for a Washington conference are part of an ideological crusade, a modern-day sham meant to infect science with religious belief.
PCHS Warrior DB Kyler Doss (20) deflects a pass intended for Crusader RB Zack Romine (44) in Saturday afternoon's game against Parkersburg Catholic.
The Northwest Christian Crusaders put on another impressive display of power, and they're now on the cusp of a Class 1B/2B state title.
The SASH Crusaders CYO football program will celebrate Homecoming the weekend of Oct 20 and 21.
In pounding out 12 hits on Tuesday the Scott City Lady Rams picked up a 7-2 win over the hosting Saxony Lutheran Lady Crusaders.
The Crusades and the Catholic-Orthodox Schism .
The pub crawl circles through Uptown, and proceeds benefit the Roots of Music Crusader Band.
The lowly surf clam , burrowed in the sandy murk of the sea and the Sound, is not an inspiring poster creature for an environmental crusade.
Religious Right's Tactician on Wider Crusade.
When it comes to public health, probably the biggest game changer in a couple of generations has been the anti-smoking crusade.

In science:

Yet, Bohr found many followers in his crusade to save ‘I am’ — all happy and content, if not complacent.
The Plight of `I Am'