se·​di·​tion | \si-ˈdi-shən \

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.

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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 In 1918 Debs was convicted of sedition for giving an antiwar speech and sentenced to federal prison. Time Staff, Time, "President Trump Is Looking for Suggestions for Pardons. So We Asked 7 Historians for Their Thoughts," 21 June 2018 Sanchez faces possible sedition and other charges amid an ongoing probe into the region's attempt last year to gain independence from Spain. Fox News, "Jailed separatist ends bid to become Catalonia's next leader," 21 Mar. 2018 Dozens of the protest movement’s followers have been charged, including with sedition. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistan Media Says It’s Targeted in Army’s ‘Systematic, Creeping, Coup’," 26 June 2018 An opinion writer and three newspaper executives in Fiji are awaiting a judge’s verdict Friday, May 18, 2018, on sedition charges in a case that has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation. Washington Post, "Preliminary ruling finds Fiji 4 not guilty of sedition," 18 May 2018 An opinion writer and three newspaper executives in Fiji are awaiting a judge's verdict Friday on sedition charges in a case that has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation. Fox News, "Fiji 4 await verdict in case that tests press freedoms," 17 May 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

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


se·​di·​tion | \si-ˈdi-shən \

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 \ 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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