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Definition of Crusades

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medieval military expedition by European Christians to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims; aggressive campaign for the advancement of a cause
go on a crusade, join a medieval military expedition to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims; champion a cause, campaign for a cause
Crusades Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

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"
(synonym) campaign, cause, drive, movement, effort
(hypernym) venture
(hyponym) advertising campaign, ad campaign, ad blitz
(derivation) fight, press, campaign, push, agitate

1. 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"
(synonym) fight, press, campaign, push, agitate
(hypernym) advertise, advertize, promote, push
(verb-group) advertise, advertize, promote, push
(derivation) campaign, cause, drive, movement, effort
2. go on a crusade; fight a holy war
(hypernym) campaign, take the field
(derivation) Crusade
Crusades Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Official Christianity Glossary for Introduction to Religion
The Crusades were a series of military expeditions undertaken by Christians in Europe to "liberate" Palestine (the Holy Land) from the Moslems . The eight crusades took place primarily between 1095 and 1291. The crusades varying degrees of success, with some managing to gain territory in Palestine and with others being stopped (often by the slaughter of the crusaders by disease or battle) before reaching Palestine. The heyday was the twelfth century, when the europeans controlled all the sea coast of Syria and most of the territory generally considered the "Holy Land." This was a bloody period of Christian history during which Christians slaughtered--often indiscriminately--Jews, Moslems and even Christians. The Crusaders held Jerusalem from about 1099 until their defeat by Saladin in 1187.
Crusades Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
The Crusades were a series of intermittent military campaigns sanctioned by various Popes in the Middle Ages, from 1096 to 1487. In 1095, Byzantine Emperor Alexios I sent an ambassador from Constantinople to  Pope Urban II in Italy requesting military support in the conflict with the eastward invading Turks. The Pope responded promptly by calling Catholic soldiers to join the First Crusade. The immediate goal was to guarantee pilgrims access to the holy sites in the Holy Land that were under Muslim control. His long-range goal was to reunite the Eastern and Western branches of Christendom after their split in 1054, with the pope as head of the united Church. A complex 200-year struggle ensued.

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