Complete Definition of "crusade"

see|Crusade
English

Etymology
Image:Gustave dore crusades entry of the crusaders into constantinople.jpg|right|thumb|Crusaders
From the French croisade, meaning âMarked by the Cross.â It is derived from the Latin word crux (cross).

Pronunciation
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪd|-eɪd

Noun
en-noun

  1. A grand concerted effort toward some purportedly worthy cause.

Usage notes
Use of the word crusade for a campaign on behalf of a noble cause may be inadvisable for international use. The medieval Crusades were wars waged by Christians on Muslims. A âcrusadeâ against, say, the deadly disease smallpox may be inappropriate in some parts of the world.

The Arabic word jihad has connotations in reverse; it may be used for totally worthy causes, and also for religious wars. The comparison is helpful for understanding why crusade may be contentious in some parts of the world, but it is a superficial comparison and should not be taken literally. Both involved armed conflict in the name of religion, but on closer examination, are very different in scope and meaning. This comparison is inappropriate except in a rhetorical sense.

Derived terms
crusader

Translations
trans-top|grand concerted effort
Arabic: حرب صÙÙبÙØ©
Catalan: croada f
Czech: kÅížová výprava f
Dutch: kruistocht m
Esperanto: krucmilito
Finnish: ristiretki, kampanja
French: croisade f
German: Kreuzzug m, Feldzug m
trans-mid
Italian: crociata f
Maltese: krusadi, kruÄjati
ttbc|Slovak: križiak m
Polish: krucjata f
Spanish: cruzada f
Swedish: korståg
Turkish: haclilar

References
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See also
holy war
jihad<!-- islamic holy war -->

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