[ si-dish-uhn ]
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  1. incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.

  2. any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.

  1. Archaic. rebellious disorder.

Origin of sedition

First recorded in 1325–75; from Latin sēditiōn-, stem of sēditiō “rebellion, strife,” literally “a going apart,” from sēd- se- + itiō “a going” (from it(us) “gone,” past participle of īre “to go” + -iō -ion); replacing Middle English sedicioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin, as above

synonym study For sedition

1. See treason.

Other words for sedition

Other words from sedition

  • an·ti·se·di·tion, adjective

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How to use sedition in a sentence

  • There was little reason to hope that this, the third city in India, should not yield readily to sedition-mongers.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • John Smith was later charged with sedition, acquitted, and finally restored to his rightful council position.

  • No one knows better than I that it is, at the present moment, honeycombed with sedition and anarchical impulses.

    The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He ascribed the measures taken to repress sedition and defeat the French propaganda as attempts at tyranny.

  • The sedition cases were mostly heard before the lord-justice clerk Braxfield, who behaved with scandalous harshness and severity.

British Dictionary definitions for sedition


/ (sɪˈdɪʃən) /

  1. speech or behaviour directed against the peace of a state

  2. an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state

  1. an incitement to public disorder

  2. archaic revolt

Origin of sedition

C14: from Latin sēditiō discord, from sēd- apart + itiō a going, from īre to go

Derived forms of sedition

  • seditionary, noun, adjective

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Cultural definitions for sedition


Acts that incite rebellion or civil disorder against an established government.

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