se·​di·​tious | \ si-ˈdi-shəs How to pronounce seditious (audio) \

Definition of seditious

1 : disposed to arouse or take part in or guilty of sedition
2 : of, relating to, or tending toward sedition

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Other Words from seditious

seditiously adverb
seditiousness noun

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Examples of seditious in a Sentence

several dissidents were jailed for leading protests that the government branded as seditious
Recent Examples on the Web Each day, the chasm separating Americans is deepened by a flood of uncivil tweets, seditious Facebook posts and partisan cable news networks that sow division for profit, immediate attention or the simple hatred of those seen as different. Phillip Halpern, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: 2020 is the year our democracy died," 30 Dec. 2020 That gave the North considerable leverage to impose its will on the vanquished traitors of the seditious South. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "How we get to civil war," 14 Dec. 2020 The National Electoral Commission, whose members are appointed by Magufuli, said the suspension was punishment for making what was deemed seditious statements. Tom Odula, Star Tribune, "Observers say Tanzania's presidential vote is already flawed," 25 Oct. 2020 In China, they have been denounced as violent criminals escaping punishment for their seditious activities. New York Times, "As China Clamps Down, Activists Flee Hong Kong for Refuge in the West," 24 Oct. 2020 The seditious conspiracy charge involves plotting to overthrow the government or declare war against it or forcefully oppose authority. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Legal experts reveal one reason Gov. Whitmer kidnap case is strong," 9 Oct. 2020 The repeal of the seditious language ban must be approved by the full council, which is expected this fall. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego moves toward repeal of ‘seditious language’ ban police have used during protests," 9 Sep. 2020 Tam had uttered supposedly seditious phrases, ranging from a handful to several hundred times between January and August, according to a report in local news outlet Stand News citing the prosecution’s indictment. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A law that once outlawed insulting the Queen is now being used to stifle speech in Hong Kong," 9 Sep. 2020 Elliott said seditious remarks are protected by constitutional free speech rights. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego moves toward repeal of ‘seditious language’ ban police have used during protests," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of seditious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2021

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“Seditious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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