noun \si-ˈdi-shən\

: the crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government

Full Definition of SEDITION

:  incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

Examples of SEDITION

  1. The leaders of the group have been arrested and charged with sedition.

Origin of SEDITION

Middle English sedicioun, from Anglo-French sediciun, from Latin sedition-, seditio, literally, separation, from sed-, se- apart + ition-, itio act of going, from ire to go — more at secede, issue
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction. Because it is limited to organizing and encouraging opposition to government rather than directly participating in its overthrow, sedition is regarded as falling one step short of the more serious crime of treason. In the U.S. the display of a certain flag or the advocacy of a particular movement, such as syndicalism, anarchism, or communism, has periodically been declared seditious. More recently, the courts have applied a more stringent test of sedition to ensure that constitutional guarantees regarding freedom of speech are not abridged. See also Alien and Sedition Acts.


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