se·​di·​tion si-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce sedition (audio)
: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

Examples of sedition in a Sentence

The leaders of the group have been arrested and charged with sedition.
Recent Examples on the Web The Bar Association of Hong Kong had recommended that the law’s definition of sedition include the intention to incite violence and narrow the scope of the offense. David Pierson, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Prominent activist and publisher Jimmy Lai pleaded not guilty to three charges of sedition and collusion with foreign countries in a landmark national security trial in Hong Kong. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 2 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sedition 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sedition was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sedition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


se·​di·​tion si-ˈdish-ən How to pronounce sedition (audio)
: the stirring up of feelings against lawful authority

Legal Definition


se·​di·​tion si-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce sedition (audio)
: 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
seditious adjective
seditiously adverb

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

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