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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

Noun
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

Verb
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
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
The Crusades were military campaigns sanctioned by the Latin Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages through to the end of the Late Middle Ages. In 1095 Pope Urban II proclaimed the first crusade, with the stated goal of restoring Christian access to the holy places in and near Jerusalem. Many historians and some of those involved at the time, like Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, give equal precedence to other papal-sanctioned military campaigns undertaken for a variety of religious, economic, and political reasons, such as the Albigensian Crusade, the Aragonese Crusade, the Reconquista, and the Northern Crusades. Following the first crusade there was an intermittent 200-year struggle for control of the Holy Land, with six more major crusades and numerous minor ones. In 1291, the conflict ended in failure with the fall of the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land at Acre, after which Catholic Europe mounted no further coherent response in the east.

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