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.

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Some are simply treated as aggravated law-and-order situations, while others have been given the hue of outright sedition and national outrage. Salman Khurshid, Quartz India, "Rumours, suspicions, fears: What Indian Muslims have battled since Independence," 26 July 2019 Wilkes and 49 others were charged with sedition and treason and arrested under a general warrant. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "‘Seditious’ Pressed Glass Jewel Found in 18th-Century North Carolina Tavern," 10 July 2019 Protests in 2003 sunk the sedition law and saw multiple officials resign. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong's protest movement was on life support. Then the government revived it," 10 June 2019 To put it in perspective, Sunday’s march drew twice as many as the 2003 demonstration that successfully derailed an earlier proposed law on treason, sedition and subversion. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "China’s Million New Dissidents," 10 June 2019 One is the British colonial-era sedition law that was brought to bear against Mr. Zulkiflee, the cartoonist. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hopes for New Era of Malaysian Free Speech Are High, but Pending," 18 June 2018 Anti-American remarks in the letters with Young were deemed sufficient evidence of sedition. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The “Star-Spangled Banner” Controversy That Altered the Course of American Music," 2 July 2019 Officials in Beijing saw this as nascent separatism, and hoped that an anti-sedition law would help to curb the tendency. The Economist, "A policy U-turn puts Hong Kong’s leader in a precarious position," 20 June 2019 The bill could have seen anyone convicted of treason, sedition, secession or subversion against China jailed for life, and -- like Sunday's protest -- attracted huge opposition from many sectors of Hong Kong. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong's protest movement was on life support. Then the government revived it," 10 June 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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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 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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