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 The acting Bolivian government has charged the former officials with sedition, terrorism and electoral fraud. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 30 Dec. 2019 Nine of the 12 Catalan politicians and activists were found guilty of sedition and given prison sentences of nine to 13 years. NBC News, "Protests erupt after Spain convicts leading Catalan separatists," 15 Oct. 2019 Ought this sedition and official attack on the principles of our Constitution . . Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Invention—and Reinvention—of Impeachment," 21 Oct. 2019 Nine of the 12 Catalan politicians and activists were found guilty of sedition and given prison sentences of nine to 13 years. Aritz Parra And Ciaran Giles, chicagotribune.com, "Protests erupt as Spain convicts leading Catalan separatists," 14 Oct. 2019 Nine Catalan officials were given sentences of nine to 13 years for sedition by the Supreme Court. BostonGlobe.com, "BARCELONA, Spain — Hundreds of thousands in Spain’s restive region of Catalonia protested Saturday in Barcelona against the imprisonment of nine separatist leaders for their roles in an illegal 2017 secession bid.," 27 Oct. 2019 Puigdemont claims an overwhelming victory for secession in the referendum. Oct. 16, 2017 — A judge orders the arrest of separatist leaders Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart on suspicion of sedition. Joseph Wilson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Timeline of Catalan separatism that has rocked Spain," 18 Oct. 2019 The court also issued a fresh European arrest warrant for sedition against Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president, who has fled to Belgium. The Economist, "Catalan nationalists protest as their leaders are jailed for sedition," 14 Oct. 2019 Junqueras receives 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds. Joseph Wilson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Timeline of Catalan separatism that has rocked Spain," 18 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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2 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sedition.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedition?src=search-dict-hed. Accessed 27 January 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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