se·​di·​tion | \ si-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce sedition (audio) \

Definition of sedition

: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

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Examples of sedition in a Sentence

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

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The former regional leader had traveled around Europe relatively freely after an earlier international warrant for rebellion and sedition was withdrawn in December. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Arrest of former Catalan president leads to clashes in Barcelona and growing frustration with Europe," 26 Mar. 2018 This week gave them fresh reason to doubt after authorities targeted an opposition leader with a sedition charge. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democracy Dwindles in Thailand," 4 Apr. 2019 More than two dozen people, including politicians, elected lawmakers, and the regional police chief, are also under investigation for possible rebellion, sedition or misuse of public funds. Washington Post, "Catalan politicians in Spanish court in secession probe," 19 Feb. 2018 First accused of possible sedition for their role in a tumultuous protest that hindered police efforts to stop the vote, their detention was prolonged with rebellion charges, which under Spanish law implies the use of violence. Renata Brito, The Seattle Times, "Spain pressured to free imprisoned Catalan activists," 16 Oct. 2018 Following the protest, she was detained and spent two years in prison on charges of sedition and incitement to rebellion. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 Spanish officials wanted him extradited from Germany to face charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "A Catalan leader will avoid extradition from Germany on rebellion charges. But his troubles aren’t over.," 12 July 2018 The city’s police registered over 150 cases against the movements’ workers in the days before the Sunday rally, including some of its top organizers, on charges of sedition, terrorism and rioting. Meher Ahmad, New York Times, "Seeking Justice in Pakistan, Pashtuns Stage Defiant Rally in Karachi," 13 May 2018 When cyberspace was closed down, the sedition was stopped. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "‘Halal’ internet means more control in Iran after unrest," 28 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sedition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sedition

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


se·​di·​tion | \ si-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce sedition (audio) \

Legal Definition of sedition

: the crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction — compare criminal syndicalism, sabotage

Other Words from sedition

seditious \ -​shəs How to pronounce seditious (audio) \ adjective
seditiously adverb

History and Etymology for sedition

Latin seditio, literally, separation, from sed apart + itio act of going, from ire to go

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