Definition of sedition in English:



  • Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.

    • ‘The false accusations we heard in the news media last week incite sectarian sedition.’
    • ‘The extended geographical jurisdiction for offences is being used here not just to cover sedition, but also treason.’
    • ‘The security laws ban treason, sedition, subversion and the theft of state secrets.’
    • ‘This law defined abolitionist petitions as agents of sedition and violent insurrection.’
    • ‘In March 1848, authorities charged several leading nationalists with sedition.’
    • ‘These varied from the trials and subsequent execution of radicals for treason, to trials for sedition and seditious libel.’
    • ‘He said that his lawyer advised him to leave Kenya as it was rumoured that he would soon be charged with sedition and treason.’
    • ‘Although dead, she is variously accused of sedition, immorality and complicity with the government policy of ethnic cleansing.’
    • ‘The most revealing aspect of the new legislation concerns the provisions regarding sedition.’
    • ‘The lawyer representing the 13 has confirmed that they are to be charged with sedition and public violence.’
    • ‘The aspect of sedition that deals with inciting violence and lawlessness is more appropriately part of public order law.’
    • ‘The civil law world also has known heresy, treason and sedition, though the first has disappeared with the rights of expression born of the enlightenment.’
    • ‘Of course, I'll probably have been tried by a military tribunal and stuck in some deep dark hole for sedition by that point.’
    • ‘During disputes, he and other government ministers have churned out statements that all but equate strikes with sedition.’
    • ‘They could face charges of sedition and lengthy jail terms.’
    • ‘The six have been charged with sedition and taking an illegal oath to commit a capital offence, and, if found guilty, could face life imprisonment.’
    • ‘Military officials initially told the press that he might face charges of espionage and sedition, even treason.’
    • ‘In times of wars the church stood at the forefront of sedition and treason, unless it saw some advantage for itself.’
    • ‘Most revealing is the radical extension of the law of sedition.’
    • ‘Those arrested are being charged with sedition and disturbing the peace.’
    incitement, incitement to rebellion, incitement to riot, agitation, rabble-rousing, troublemaking, provocation, inflaming
    rebellion, revolt, insurrection, rioting, mutiny, insurgence, insurgency, subversion, civil disorder, insubordination, disobedience, resistance, defiance
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Late Middle English (in the sense violent strife): from Old French, or from Latin seditio(n-), from sed- apart + itio(n-) going (from the verb ire).