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 Now, with the supreme court’s latest order, those in jail for sedition charges can apply for bail. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 10 May 2022 Ulrich is the second of 11 Oath Keepers being tried on sedition charges to plead guilty. Chris Joyner, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 In a 44-page manifesto released last week, Mr. Lee said his priority would be to enact Article 23 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, prohibiting acts of treason, secession, sedition or subversion against Beijing. New York Times, 6 May 2022 In earlier cases, Suu Kyi was sentenced to six years in prison on convictions of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies, violating coronavirus restrictions and sedition. Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 Nongovernmental organizations have reported more than 1,400 arrests and 500 people sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for vandalism or sedition. Gisela Salomon, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Other activists have since been jailed for sedition offenses after Tam’s arrest. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Other Capitol riot defendants with ties to the Oath Keepers who did not face sedition charges have already agreed to cooperate. Hannah Rabinowitz, CNN, 2 Mar. 2022 The sedition charges represent the most serious criminal offenses brought against the more than 700 people swept up in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Sedition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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