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

Synonyms for seditious


incendiary, inflammatory

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Examples of seditious in a Sentence

several dissidents were jailed for leading protests that the government branded as seditious

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Cleander, who commanded the Praetorian Guards, ordered a body of cavalry to sally forth and disperse the seditious multitude. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Crowder Isn’t a Threat to Public Safety," 6 June 2019 Thirty years ago, Hungary was an officially atheist country behind the Iron Curtain, political use of Christian symbols was seditious, and a furtive alliance was forming between dissidents like Mr. Orbán and the clergy. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "‘Hands Off!’; Clergy Balk as European Politicians Brandish the Crucifix," 9 Aug. 2018 In 1963, most Americans disapproved of the event, many congressmen saw it as potentially seditious, and law enforcement from local police to the FBI monitored it intensively (under code name Operation Steep Hill). Jeanne Theoharis, Time, "Don't Forget That Martin Luther King Jr. Was Once Denounced as an Extremist," 12 Jan. 2018 Now that his personal dogma is enshrined in the nation’s charter, challenging him could even be considered seditious. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "Xi Jinping Becomes China's Most Powerful Leader Since Mao Zedong," 24 Oct. 2017 Yet the far more important nonevent Tuesday was that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy didn’t send in the army to quash a seditious movement. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Catalans Can’t Stand Up to Brussels by Themselves," 12 Oct. 2017 What about seditious or inflammatory or obscene speech? Andrew Rudalevige, Washington Post, "The U.S. has been arguing about the Bill of Rights since 1791," 20 Sep. 2017 The references to the ugliness in America right now were less seditious and more an acknowledgment of the things those troops in Jordan can see with their own damn eyes. Andrew Exum, The Atlantic, "How Will Jim Mattis Handle Trump's Ban on Trans Troops?," 31 Aug. 2017 China reportedly has 50,000 internet police who monitor domestic social media sites, deleting posts deemed seditious or merely critical of the government. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Science suffers as China’s internet censors plug holes in Great Firewall," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of seditious

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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