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sedition

[ si-dish-uhn ]
/ sɪˈdɪʃ ən /
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noun

incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion.
Archaic. rebellious disorder.

RELATED WORDS

insurrection, insubordination, mutiny, treason, revolution, disobedience, agitation, insurgency, uprising, defiance, revolt, dissent, insurgence

Nearby words

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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
SYNONYMS FOR sedition
Related formsan·ti·se·di·tion, adjective

Synonym study

1. See treason.
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British Dictionary definitions for sedition

sedition

/ (sɪˈdɪʃən) /

noun

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
Derived Formsseditionary, noun, adjective

Word Origin for sedition

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

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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for sedition

sedition


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

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