Crusade of or crusade for

Crusades of or crusades for

Which expression is correct? Also, do any express the party the crusade against?

For example, is "crusade for peace against dictators" the correct term to express that people against dictators so that the people may have peace?

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    Include the question in the body, apart from mentioning it in the title.
    – Kris
    Aug 6, 2013 at 6:53

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All the three are possible options depending on the actual sentence.

The crusades of (by whom)/ (when);
The crusades for (a cause)/ (on behalf of);
The crusades against (whom or what).

"The crusade of fire/ crusade of destiny/ crusade of prayer …"
"The crusade for freedom/ peace/ art. …"
"The crusade against hunger/ cancer/ corruption. …"

  • Thank you Kris. So the form of the noun "crusade" depends on the countability of the object, right?
    – Jellyfish
    Aug 6, 2013 at 18:37
  • Plus, it can have the meaning of "looking for", right? Like when people try to look for the losing peace, can I say "crusade of losing peace"? I assumed I can't say "for", which means I want "losing peace".
    – Jellyfish
    Aug 6, 2013 at 18:42

I have never heard the expression "crusade of" anything, but if I did, I would think the something would be the participants in the crusade. There could be a crusade of mothers against liquor, for example.

"Crusade for peace against dictators" may be technically correct, but wordy and awkward. "Crusade for peace and against dictators" would be less awkward but even wordier.

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    We do not want any peace for the dictators
    – mplungjan
    Aug 6, 2013 at 6:59

There is another option for "crusade of" and that is - what the crusade will entail. "It will be a crusade of terror and violence."

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    Great, so "a crusade of questions" is "a crusade for answers"?
    – Jellyfish
    Aug 6, 2013 at 20:00
  • Yes. That's the way I see it anyway. Aug 7, 2013 at 18:37

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