Trending: sedition

Lookups spiked 1,500% on January 6, 2021

Why are people looking up sedition?

Sedition once again rose through the ranks and became one of our top lookups, in the first week of 2021, after making numerous appearances in articles on political upheaval.

This is sedition, plain and simple. No amount of playacting and rationalizing can change the fact that the majority of the Republican Party and its apologists are advocating for the overthrow of an American election and the continued rule of a sociopathic autocrat.
— Tom Nichols, The Atlantic, 4 Jan. 2021

Cruz says people accusing him of sedition need to 'calm down’
— (headline) The Hill, 3 Jan. 2021

A really bad day for the ‘Sedition Caucus’
— (headline) The Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2021

What does sedition mean?

We define sedition as “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.” Many people differentiate between this word and treason, which we define as “the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign's family.” Because sedition is limited to organizing and encouraging opposition to government rather than directly participating in its overthrow, many view it as falling one step short of the more serious crime of treason. One who incites or promotes sedition is a seditionist, or, less commonly, a seditionary.


Lecture Rooms were hired in various parts of the metropolis, where Treason was openly recommended; and these rooms were resorted to by what might truly be called all the blackguards in London—a motley crew of pick-pockets, seditionists, modern reformers, house-breakers, and revolutionists.
The decline and fall, death, dissection, and funeral procession of his most contemptible lowness the London Corresponding Society, 1796

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