sedition

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web A century ago, Terence MacSwiney, a member of Parliament and lord mayor of Cork, staged a hunger strike to demand his release from prison after he was sentenced to two years on sedition charges. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Hunger strikes tend to work only when governments fear the consequences. Mustafa Kassem’s death in Egypt is a grim example.," 18 Jan. 2020 Several recent flash points have reinflamed the crisis, particularly the Supreme Court sentencing last October of nine Catalan leaders on sedition charges. Chico Harlan, BostonGlobe.com, "After nearly a year of deadlock, a tight parliamentary vote gives Spain a new government," 7 Jan. 2020 The court verdicts followed a landmark trial in which 12 leaders of the Catalan independence movement stood accused of crimes ranging from rebellion and sedition to misuse of public funds. BostonGlobe.com, "Catalan separatist leaders get lengthy prison terms for sedition - The Boston Globe," 15 Oct. 2019 That could decide whether they are convicted for rebellion or sedition, which in Spain is punished with years behind bars. San Diego Union-Tribune, "7 Catalans jailed as judge opens probe on terrorism charges," 26 Sep. 2019 That could decide whether the separatists are convicted of rebellion or sedition, which in Spain is punished with years behind bars. Washington Post, "World Digest: Sept. 26, 2019," 26 Sep. 2019 Prominent Catalan secessionist leaders fled to exile; others were arrested and tried on charges of sedition and misuse of state funds. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Could Scotland become the next Catalonia?," 17 Dec. 2019 The court verdicts followed a landmark trial in which 12 leaders of the Catalan independence movement stood accused of crimes ranging from rebellion and sedition to misuse of public funds. BostonGlobe.com, "Catalan separatist leaders get lengthy prison terms for sedition - The Boston Globe," 15 Oct. 2019 The court verdicts followed a landmark trial in which 12 leaders of the Catalan independence movement stood accused of crimes ranging from rebellion and sedition to misuse of public funds. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Catalan Separatist Leaders Get Lengthy Prison Terms for Sedition," 14 Oct. 2019

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

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4 Jun 2020

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“Sedition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedition. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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sedition

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How to pronounce sedition (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sedition

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

sedition

noun
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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