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

Definition of sedition

: 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 For all the talk -- including from the former US attorney who led the inquiry -- prosecutors haven't filed a single sedition charge. Marshall Cohen, CNN, "100 days after US Capitol insurrection, massive federal inquiry sees progress and roadblocks," 16 Apr. 2021 The Justice Department has rarely brought charges of sedition, the crime of conspiring to overthrow the government, and has not successfully prosecuted such a case in more than 20 years. New York Times, "Justice Dept. Said to Be Weighing Sedition Charges Against Oath Keepers," 22 Mar. 2021 Last week District Judge Amit Mehta threatened to issue a gag order after one Justice Department official gave an interview to CBS about cases, and others floated the possibility of sedition charges to the New York Times . The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Brushback for Capitol Riot Prosecutors," 30 Mar. 2021 Prosecutions on sedition charges are rare but their use to silence journalists, critics, and dissenters in India isn’t new, and previous governments had resorted to it. Sheikh Saaliq And Krutika Pathi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amid protests, a 'chilling development for the press' in India," 5 Feb. 2021 Sherwin, who will now work at the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami, was asked on Sunday's 60 Minutes broadcast about possible sedition charges against rioters. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Judge 'surprised' by ex-top prosecutor's speculation to media about Capitol riot sedition charges," 23 Mar. 2021 While building more significant cases against the Oath Keepers, investigators also began to regard the members as potential targets in a sedition case, according to two people with knowledge of the case. New York Times, "Justice Dept. Said to Be Weighing Sedition Charges Against Oath Keepers," 22 Mar. 2021 Authorities have suggested that rare sedition charges could be coming against some. Michael Kunzelman,, "‘Blame Trump’ defense in Capitol riot looks like a long shot," 27 Feb. 2021 Disha Ravi was arrested last weekend and charged with sedition, with a Delhi court on Friday granting a police request to extend her detention for three more days. NBC News, "Disha Ravi: Indian climate activist becomes symbol of crackdown on dissent," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Sedition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 sedition (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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