[si-dish-uh s]


of, relating to, or of the nature of sedition.
given to or guilty of sedition.

Origin of seditious

1400–50; late Middle English sedicious, equivalent to sedici(oun) sedition + -ous -ous; compare Latin sēditiōsus
Related formsse·di·tious·ly, adverbse·di·tious·ness, nounnon·se·di·tious, adjectivenon·se·di·tious·ly, adverbnon·se·di·tious·ness, nounun·se·di·tious, adjectiveun·se·di·tious·ly, adverbun·se·di·tious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seditious

Contemporary Examples of seditious

  • But conservatives think liberals and Balzac are seditious and crazy.

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    Romney’s Worst Nightmare

    Michael Tomasky

    October 14, 2011

  • He had not written, but had dared to print, a seditious pamphlet which justified the right of rebellion against the king.

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    The Real Story of "O"

    Robert McCrum

    January 23, 2011

  • The old elite worried that the masses were too improvident and seditious.

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    The New Heat Center

    Michael Lind

    January 19, 2009

Historical Examples of seditious

British Dictionary definitions for seditious



of, like, or causing sedition
inclined to or taking part in sedition
Derived Formsseditiously, adverbseditiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seditious

mid-15c., from Middle French seditieux, from Latin seditiosus "full of discord, factious, mutinous," from seditio (see sedition). Related: Seditiously; seditiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper