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

Examples of sedition in a Sentence

The leaders of the group have been arrested and charged with sedition.
Recent Examples on the Web Rhodes and a group of other Oath Keepers facing the sedition charges are set to go on trial in Washington at the end of the month. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2022 Ten people have been found guilty of endangering national security by committing sedition, with penalties ranging from being committed to a rehabilitation center to 40 months in jail. Selina Cheng, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 Gill was charged with treason, which carries the death penalty under Pakistan's sedition act that stems from a British colonial-era law. Munir Ahmed, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 Gill was charged with treason, which carries the death penalty under Pakistan's sedition act that stems from a British colonial-era law. Munir Ahmed, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2022 Rataj, who represented one of the defendants in the Hutaree sedition case, explained that the defense may want to dig deeper into a witnesses' testimony than the prosecution — and should be allowed the time to do that. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2022 The charges are familiar: Sowing sedition and destabilizing the state are accusations frequently used against activists in the kingdom who speak up against the status quo. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2022 Colonial laws drafted by the British have been revived by Hong Kong’s new rulers; the charge of sedition has proved particularly popular. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 28 July 2022 The city has deployed thousands of police officers for the events, banned the use of drones and made several arrests for alleged acts of sedition, according to local media. Stephanie Yangstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Sedition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedition. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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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 sedition (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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