To better see sample sentences using the word
crusade
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
Sample Sentences Using
crusade
Show Multiple Meanings
Go to Home Page

as in: a crusade against pollution Define
long and determined effort for a cause that is passionately believed to be important
  • She is crusading for women’s rights.
  • I’ll call it The Children’s Crusade.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

  • Show more
  • After all his crusading against their evil hybrid spawn?
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The six-fingered man was probably crusading in Asia.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He was a militant idealist who crusaded against racial bigotry by growing faint in its presence.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • His father was always in character; Adam found it hard to believe he had been a crusading newspaperman.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • Dear Aunt Em is crusading still.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Today he was fighting their battle, he was fighting the same enemy they had fought for ages, as far back as the eleventh century …. when the enemy’s crusading armies had first pillaged his land, raping and killing his people, declaring them unclean, defiling their temples and gods.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The Nurse of the Forest Sauvage sent a cough mixture, thirty dozen handkerchiefs all marked, and a pair of combinations with a double chest The sergeant sent him his crusading medals, to be preserved by the nation.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • In fact, my white fans were going to cheer for me like I was some kind of crusading warrior: Jeez, I felt like one of those Indian scouts who led the U.S. Cavalry against other Indians.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • Show more again
  • I told myself I belonged on that wall, after all, with the pipe-smoking foreign correspondents and elegant writers and crusading reporters.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • But the crusading passion of it made him so tobacco-hungry that he immediately recovered the key, walked with forbidding dignity to the file, took out a cigar and a match—"but only one match; if ole cigar goes out, it’ll by golly have to stay out!"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Martin Luther King Jr. continued his civil rights crusading and became one of the world’s most admired men.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He composed dozens of personal memoirs, into which quietly, humorously, with fine-tempered English restraint, he poured the full measure of his pure crusading heart.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • It would appear that Shultz’s investigation was rather one-sided, since it consisted of little more than an interview with Smith and Hickock, from which the lawyer emerged with crusading phrases for the press: "The question is this-do poor, plainly guilty defendants have a right to a complete defense? I do not believe that the State of Kansas would be either greatly or for long harmed by the death of these appellants.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • ("Well, not exactly crusading—investigative reporting is mostly monotonous work, digging through thousands of words for the one word that doesn’t ring true.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The professor was carrying on a hot crusade against materialists.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Their one chance for life was in union, and so the struggle became a kind of crusade.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Search for samples from other sources
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®

as in: First Crusade to Jerusalem Define
any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe invaded Muslims in the Holy Land in the Middle East
  • Resentments date back to the Crusades.
  • One of the goals of the West in The First Crusade was to recapture Jerusalem after 461 years of Muslim rule.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Crusade(retrieved 03/31/08)

  • Show more
  • Why, we fought in the crusades with Richard the Lion Heart, crossed the Atlantic with Columbus, blazed trails with the pioneers, and today many members of the family hold prominent government positions throughout the world.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • In the first row, he recognized Mother Slaughter and Josiah Worthington, and the old earl who had been wounded in the Crusades and came home to die, and Doctor Trefusis, all of them looking solemn and important.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Is the movement of the peoples at the time of the Crusades explained by the life and activity of the Godfreys and the Louis-es and their ladies?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That’s part of what the Crusades were about.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • One of your ancestors had joined the Crusades, and supposing it to be only that of St. Louis, that makes you mount to the thirteenth century, which is tolerably ancient.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • You proved that long ago …. the inquisition, the torture of the Knights Templar, the Crusades.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Imbuing violence with holy meaning," wrote the historian Iris Chang, "the Japanese imperial army made violence a cultural imperative every bit as powerful as that which propelled Europeans during the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Mackay had a low opinion of all Crusades.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

  • Show more again
  • The Crusades must have been a little like this.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • The themes were the same that had been illuminated upon similar occasions by their mothers before them, their grandmothers, and doubtless all their ancestors in the female line clear back to the Crusades.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • And in the Bible it says Thou shalt not kill but there were the Crusades and two world wars and the Gulf War and there were Christians killing people in all of them.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • But now, listening to Leon sounding as if the school was embarking on the Crusades, for crying out loud, Archie was doubtful.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • They were traitors to the people of course, all of them, men, women, and children, who happened to be descendants of the great men who since the Crusades had made the glory of France: her old NOBLESSE.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • From the Crusades, to the Inquisition, to American politics—the name Jesus had been hijacked as an ally in all kinds of power struggles.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She had swam away, her serpentine head undulating on the surface like a swimming grass-snake, and the King had hailed a passing ship which looked as if it were off to the Crusades.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Are we still living in the monstrous times of the Middle Ages, when vagabonds were permitted to display in our public places leprosy and scrofulas they had brought back from the Crusades?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • At Fourways men had stood and talked of Napoleon, the loss of America, the execution of King Charles, the burning of the Martyrs, the Crusades, the Norman Conquest, possibly of the arrival of Caesar.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …had returned, and of ghosts, the "former" subjects of amazement at everything, brave and noble gentlemen who smiled at being in France but wept also, delighted to behold their country once more, in despair at not finding their monarchy; the nobility of the Crusades treating the nobility of the Empire, that is to say, the nobility of the sword, with scorn; historic races who had lost the sense of history; the sons of the companions of Charlemagne disdaining the companions of Napoleon.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Cold Sassy is the kind of town where schoolteachers spend two months every fall drilling on Greek and Roman gods, the kings and queens of England, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, Marco Polo, Magellan, Columbus, the first Thanksgiving, Oglethorpe settling Georgia, and how happy the slaves were before the War.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • I think it dates back to the Crusades.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • When it was first turning out cruisers and destroyers the Crusades were in full swing.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I knew about the Crusades, and I knew that there had been fighting and atrocities forever.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The Crusades weren’t all about one culture trying to inflict their religious views on another.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • He said the Templars brought the Angelus back from the Crusades, and it is really an adaptation of a Moslem custom.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • He wore the scarlet robes that a knight who might have served during the Crusades, or possibly the Inquisition, would have worn.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • I caught one of those master’s thesis assignments he chucked around so casually; I had suggested that the Crusades were different from most wars.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • And so, might I courteously remind you that, although the Crusades did stimulate international commerce, they did anything but bring about international reconciliation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Thus, towards the end of the eighteenth century a change came about which, if I were rewriting history, I should describe more fully and think of greater importance than the Crusades or the Wars of the Roses.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Hema was the songbird, but when provoked her voice was as sharp as Saladin’s scimitar, which, according to my Richard the Lion Hearted and the Crusades, could divide a silk scarf allowed to float down onto the blade’s edge.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Throughout history, says Tolstoy, there has been an endless series of these "epidemic suggestions"–for example, the Crusades, the search for the Philosopher’s Stone, the craze for tulip growing which once swept over Holland, and so on and so forth.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • The Crusades and the wars of the English decimated the nobles and divided their possessions; the erection of communities introduced an element of democratic liberty into the bosom of feudal monarchy; the invention of fire-arms equalized the villein and the noble on the field of battle; printing opened the same resources to the minds of all classes; the post was organized so as to bring the same information to the door of the poor man’s cottage and to the gate of the palace; and…
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The Banner led great, brave crusades—on issues that had no opposition.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Combating mitigation has become one of the great crusades in commercial aviation in the past fifteen years.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The first record of this unusual arrangement was when Virgil Butler had been contracted as servant, bodyguard and cook to Lord Hugo de Pole for one of the first great Norman crusades.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I was up in my room at college, studying about Peter the Hermit and Walter the Penniless for my history exam on the crusades the coming Monday, when the hall phone rang.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours—and the more "religious" (on those terms) the more securely ours.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • And yet-he thought —through all the generations of political extortion, it was not the looting bureaucrats who had taken the blame, but the chained industrialists, not the men who peddled legal favors, but the men who were forced to buy them; and through all those generations of crusades against corruption, the remedy had always been, not the liberating of the victims, but the granting of wider powers for extortion to the extortionists.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This formula, indeed, of the shining hero going against the dragon has been the great device of self-justification for all crusades.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And he, still following up the idea of Forcheville’s noble birth, which had obsessed him all through dinner, began again with: "I am treating a Baroness just now, Baroness Putbus; weren’t there some Putbuses in the Crusades?
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But the Crusades arrive.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses of nations and crusades.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • His own character being light, profligate, and perfidious, John easily attached to his person and faction, not only all who had reason to dread the resentment of Richard for criminal proceedings during his absence, but also the numerous class of "lawless resolutes," whom the crusades had turned back on their country, accomplished in the vices of the East, impoverished in substance, and hardened in character, and who placed their hopes of harvest in civil commotion.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Men of crusades!
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Newspapers launched crusades against pestilent alleys and excess smoke and identified the worst offenders in print—among them Burnham’s newly opened Masonic Temple, which the Chicago Tribune likened to Mount Vesuvius.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Dressed all in white, and clutching firmly in their small hands the tiny stems of American flags, the pigmies, monstrous as only children can be when they become the witless mouths of slogans and crusades, charged hungrily, uttering their shrill cries, upon their Gulliver.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Any questioning of his fluent figures about tuberculosis, any hint that the cause of decline in the disease may have been natural growth of immunity and not the crusades against spitting and stale air, Pickerbaugh regarded as a criticism of his honesty in making such crusades.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Compare the four hundred lives that a few swimming pool precautions might save to the number of lives saved by far noisier crusades: child-resistant packaging (an estimated fifty lives a year), flame-retardant pajamas (ten lives), keeping children away from airbags in cars (fewer than five young children a year have been killed by airbags since their introduction), and safety drawstrings on children’s clothing (two lives).
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The Children’s Crusade struck him as only slightly more sordid than the ten Crusades for grown-ups.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Search for samples from other sources
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®

  • It would be nice to report that this event transformed me into a crusader for civil rights, but it did not.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • That’s his crusade, you know.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

  • Show more
  • "I got that bruise in Birmingham after the Children’s Crusade."
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It was a story of the Children’s Crusade.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • The professor was carrying on a hot crusade against materialists.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • And at the end of all her vows she had no notion as to when and where the crusade was to begin.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I have contributed my time and money to Friends of Global Progress in their crusade for the Equalization of Opportunity Bill.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Your professor of structural engineering acted quite the crusader on your behalf.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I’m relying a great deal on this campaign to bring in young voters for the crusade I’m leading.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • "Sir Templar," said he, "the cheeks of our Saxon maidens have seen too little of the sun to enable them to bear the fixed glance of a crusader."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe

  • Show more again
  • Their one chance for life was in union, and so the struggle became a kind of crusade.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Working 24/7 around the studio in Atlanta, he had thought of himself as a crusader on the front lines of this mess, slashing the way to the truth.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • The first of them was a Crusader, who assumed the duty in exchange for a gift of great value.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • He is a leader in the crusade for free schooling, and for the abolition of alcoholic beverages.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She’s a crusader, a little old gray-haired Mighty Mouse, a Bachelor of Advanced Activists and General Practitioner of Just Causes.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Other times he wears a black trash bag safety-pinned over his back and around his neck, the caped, clean-streets crusader of downtown Los Angeles.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Their brutal crusade to "reeducate" the pagan and feminine-worshipping religions spanned three centuries, employing methods as inspired as they were horrific.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • It said: "Architecture is not a business, not a career, but a crusade and a consecration to a joy that justifies the existence of the earth."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Almost overnight the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade was in full flower, and Captain Black was enraptured to discover himself spearheading it.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Then it was back to the church, back to The Word, back to that old man’s quiet faith and his unyielding crusade to save us all.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • It is Madame Mao’s wish that you don’t just grow up being a dancer, but a revolutionary guard, a dedicated and faithful servant of Chairman Mao’s great crusade!
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Ordinarily, he would have returned it immediately, but he was so fascinated by the story of the Children’s Crusade that he kept it and read it the next day.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Starbuck was no crusader after perils; in him courage was not a sentiment; but a thing simply useful to him, and always at hand upon all mortally practical occasions.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I have no patience with visionaries who see a holy crusade in architecture for architecture’s sake.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The annals of this Ninth Crusade are yet to be written,—the tale of a mission that seemed to our age far more quixotic than the quest of St. Louis seemed to his.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Sergey Koznishev had been following this crusade with interest, and after reading the professor’s last article, he had written him a letter stating his objections.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Under a bright noonday sun in the Gulf of Bengal his ship had killed a sea dragon, in the stomach of which they found the helmet, the buckles, and the weapons of a Crusader.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE OR THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE A Duty-dance with Death KURT VONNEGUT, JR. The cattle are lowing, The Baby awakes, But the little Lord Jesus No crying He makes.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The Children’s Crusade struck him as only slightly more sordid than the ten Crusades for grown-ups.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • I kept telling my parents how much I liked the quality of the people there, and my dad kept reminding me to look beyond the Campus Crusade girls who were with the recruits all weekend.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • First there had been the awful humiliation of the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade, when not one of the thirty or forty people circulating competitive loyalty oaths would even allow him to sign.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He did not know that he stood straight and that the gesture of his arm was that of a returning crusader offering his trophy to his love, when he dropped a small chain of metal into her lap.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • That would defeat the whole purpose of our crusade.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Milo echoed with joyful relief, and the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade came to an end.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • To Captain Black, every officer who supported his Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade was a competitor, and he planned and plotted twenty-four hours a day to keep one step ahead.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • We became curious about the real Children’s Crusade, so O’Hare looked it up in a book he had, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay, LL.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Milo took a firm moral stand and absolutely refused to participate in the Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade until Captain Black called upon him with his delegation and requested him to.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Mackay told us that the Children’s Crusade started in 1213, when two monks got the idea of raising armies of children in Germany and France, and selling them in North Africa as slaves.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The preacher, usually the young-looking Oral Roberts—the one who would later say that God threatened to take his life if he failed to raise a specific dollar amount in his crusade—read from the Scripture and explained it to us.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The Saxon architect completed the erection of the first pillars of the nave, when the pointed arch, which dates from the Crusade, arrived and placed itself as a conqueror upon the large Romanesque capitals which should support only round arches.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • CHAPTER 7 — FOOLISH CRUSADE
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • The Children’s Crusade, as Newsweek magazine will call it, fans out and marches across acre-wide Kelly Ingram Park.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • On the front of my arm, I had a crusader cross inked in.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The crusade against Lena was different.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • She was a crusader and, like every crusader, she exulted in the opportunity to be vicious in the name of virtue.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • At either of those places you felt that you were taking part in a crusade.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • This year she was more determined than ever to reach the top and thereby complete her much publicized crusade to climb the Seven Summits.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • There is a Children’s Crusade somewhere?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Meaning until she finds a new crusade to embark on.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • , the brother-in-law of St Louis, who accompanied him on his last disastrous crusade, and died on his way home in 1270.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
Show Multiple Meanings
Go to Home Page
verbalworkout.com . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading