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sedition

[si-dish-uh n]
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noun
  1. incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
  2. any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
  3. Archaic. rebellious disorder.
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Origin of sedition

1325–75; < Latin sēditiōn- (stem of sēditiō), equivalent to sēd- se- + -itiōn- a going (it(us), past participle of īre to go + -iōn- -ion); replacing Middle English sedicioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related formsan·ti·se·di·tion, adjective

Synonyms

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1. insurrection, mutiny.

Synonym study

1. See treason.
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Examples from the Web for sedition

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  • (17:187) We should rather say that sedition ceased than that harmony was re-established.

  • 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

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Sedition is talked round every tin of bully beef on the Peninsula.

  • Sedition was sedition and treason was treason—you couldn't evade that fact.

    Security

    Poul William Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for sedition

sedition

noun
  1. speech or behaviour directed against the peace of a state
  2. an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state
  3. an incitement to public disorder
  4. archaic revolt
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Derived Formsseditionary, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin sēditiō discord, from sēd- apart + itiō a going, from īre to go
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sedition

n.

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].

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sedition in Culture

sedition

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

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