Definition of crusader in English:

crusader

noun

  • 1A fighter in the medieval Crusades.

    • ‘Participation in the Crusade was said to have great spiritual value for the individual crusader.’
    • ‘More than thirty thousand crusaders lost their lives.’
    • ‘They might have lost Spain, but the Ottoman conquests in Europe had far exceeded anything the crusaders had gained in the East.’
    • ‘Between the Greeks and the crusaders, no sympathy could exist.’
    • ‘The man who went on about the need for love found himself backing crusaders all the way to the Holy Land.’
    • ‘In the face of imminent disaster, Shajara held Egypt together and managed a victory against the crusaders.’
    • ‘In the event of the crusaders proving hostile, the Emperor hardly had the means of resistance.’
    • ‘It was restored and added to by the Arabs who were later replaced by the crusaders.’
    • ‘The final stand of the 500 believers there lasted 10 months during 1243 as the might of the Albigensian crusaders gradually wore them down.’
    • ‘The entire venture was an ignoble failure, calling forth from Bernard a passionate lament over the sins of the crusaders.’
    • ‘Inevitably, a fight escalated into a riot and the crusaders went on a rampage, killing every Muslim they could find.’
    • ‘He depended heavily on chosen glories to galvanise support, identifying himself with Saladin, who defeated the Christian crusaders in the 12 th century.’
    • ‘Religious exaltation and fear of a relief force impelled the crusaders, with no siege equipment, to a doomed attack on 13 June.’
    • ‘At the time of his election he had been a crusader in the Holy Land to which he had accompanied Prince Edward - the future King Edward of England.’
    • ‘Divided between the followers of Hus - the Hussites - and the Catholics, the country was attacked by crusaders and plunged into turmoil.’
    • ‘Unlike Estonians and Latvians, Lithuanian tribes united and repulsed the German crusaders.’
    • ‘Many fierce and sanguinary conflicts took place between Saladin and the crusaders, but neither side, for a time, gained any decided advantage.’
    • ‘King Guy was released by Saladin, perhaps to divide the Christians, and after a quarrel with Conrad he led the arriving crusaders to besiege Acre in August 1189.’
    • ‘The schism between the churches was finalized in 1204 when crusaders captured Constantinople.’
    • ‘His accomplishments belong outdoors in military feats as vassal of the King and crusader for God.’
    campaigner, fighter, battler
    champion, advocate, promoter, enthusiast
    reformer
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  • 2A person who campaigns vigorously for political, social, or religious change; a campaigner.

    ‘crusaders for early detection and treatment of mental illness’
    • ‘Sneddon no doubt sees himself as a crusader in a cultural and moral war.’
    • ‘Theoretical science has been slowly driven from the universities by the new crusaders of Postmodernism.’
    • ‘The seat on the left has held Roosevelt the friend of labor, rememberer of the forgotten man, reformer and crusader.’
    • ‘We were in an Edmonton movie theatre, watching an ad featuring local anti-smoking crusader Barb Tarbox.’
    • ‘Some are more in the crusader mold than others.’
    • ‘Dr Wakefield is a crusader for truth, a committed scientist, a conscientious physician, and a devoted family man.’
    • ‘He has since become a crusader against gangs.’
    • ‘But the cause of vegetarianism does have a few valiant crusaders.’
    • ‘The show was anchored, with the zeal of a crusader rather than dispassionate neutrality, by Ravi Shastri.’
    • ‘The punctuation crusader turns her wrath to those often hilarious, sometimes tragic, yuletide greetings.’
    • ‘True, not everyone is as fervent as the young crusaders of the high-tech sector.’
    • ‘The fight for justice, inclusion and the voices of the marginalised has suddenly lost its most committed crusader.’
    • ‘Veronica Guerin builds the lead character into a three-dimensional woman, not just a righteous crusader.’
    • ‘But when his audience is less religious, he suddenly turns into a pro-abortion crusader.’
    • ‘In 2004, the Republicans will be a prowar party led by a would-be crusader.’
    • ‘Actually, 11-year-old Macario, an unlikely crusader, left himself behind.’
    • ‘A radical crusader against wildlife protections - Congressman Richard Pombo of California - has been elevated to the chairmanship of the important House Resources Committee.’
    • ‘Hollywood, Florida, police are still holding the news conference right now alongside John Walsh, Adam's dad, now an anti- crime crusader.’
    • ‘Sachs and other like-minded crusaders have put public health back on the map, leading to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.’
    • ‘CNN entertainment correspondent Brooke Anderson is investigating Senator Patrick Leahy's fascination with the caped crusader.’
    campaigner, fighter, battler
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Pronunciation:

crusader

/kro͞oˈsādər/