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 The law bans any activity Beijing deems to constitute sedition, secession and subversion, and allows Chinese state security to operate in the territory. Michelle Toh, Sasha Chua And Chandler Thornton, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 In 2019, Spain's Supreme Court found the 12 guilty of a varying mix of crimes, including sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 The raid on Apple Daily’s headquarters was the second time in less than a year since Beijing imposed legislation on the city that outlaws sedition, secession, subversion and collusion with foreign forces. Zinnia Lee, Forbes, 21 June 2021 But then the charges came: sedition, one of the highest crimes in Spain. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Others are skeptical that the prosecutors would be able to make charges of plotting sedition, which hasn’t been alleged by the federal government since 2010, stick. W.j. Hennigan, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 No one arrested in the Jan. 6 riot has been charged with sedition, even though then-District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin floated it as a possibility in the weeks after the attack. orlandosentinel.com, 16 Sep. 2021 No one arrested in the Jan. 6 riot has been charged with sedition, even though then-District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin floated it as a possibility in the weeks after the attack. Alanna Durkin Richer, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Sep. 2021 The Justice Department so far has shied away from charging Capitol riot defendants with sedition. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021

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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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“Sedition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedition. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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sedition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sedition

: the crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government

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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