- incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
- any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
- Archaic. rebellious disorder.
Origin of sedition
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Examples from the Web for sedition
So does his comment about treason, which plugs into the mentality of those accusing the President of sedition and disloyalty.Paranoia Crept into American Political Life a Long Time Ago
October 19, 2014
I refer to the Alien and Sedition Acts, signed into law by President John Adams in 1798.Snowden Deserves the Medal of Freedom, Not Prosecution
June 8, 2014
Waited to hear what she would make, even at this early hearing, of the charge he faced: sedition.
The writer Arundhati Roy was accused of sedition in a 2010 speech about Kashmir.
Citizens protesting a nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu, as you read this, have been charged with sedition.
(17:187) We should rather say that sedition ceased than that harmony was re-established.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part IV]
Benedict of Spinoza
The thought staggered him, and he felt as if he had filled his mind with treason and sedition!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
You are wanted for sedition, and upon a warrant from M. de Lesdiguieres.Scaramouche
Sedition is talked round every tin of bully beef on the Peninsula.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
Sedition was sedition and treason was treason—you couldn't evade that fact.Security
Poul William Anderson
- speech or behaviour directed against the peace of a state
- an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state
- an incitement to public disorder
- archaic revolt
Word Origin and History for sedition
mid-14c., "rebellion, uprising, revolt, concerted attempt to overthrow civil authority; violent strife between factions, civil or religious disorder, riot; rebelliousness against authority," from Old French sedicion (14c., Modern French sédition) and directly from Latin seditionem (nominative seditio) "civil disorder, dissention, strife; rebellion, mutiny," literally "a going apart, separation," from se- "apart" (see secret) + itio "a going," from past participle of ire "to go" (see ion).
Meaning "conduct or language inciting to rebellion against a lawful government" is from 1838. An Old English word for it was folcslite. Less serious than treason, as wanting an overt act, "But it is not essential to the offense of sedition that it threaten the very existence of the state or its authority in its entire extent" [Century Dictionary].
Acts that incite rebellion or civil disorder against an established government.