Definition of sedition in US English:



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

    • ‘Although dead, she is variously accused of sedition, immorality and complicity with the government policy of ethnic cleansing.’
    • ‘The extended geographical jurisdiction for offences is being used here not just to cover sedition, but also treason.’
    • ‘The aspect of sedition that deals with inciting violence and lawlessness is more appropriately part of public order law.’
    • ‘Most revealing is the radical extension of the law of sedition.’
    • ‘Of course, I'll probably have been tried by a military tribunal and stuck in some deep dark hole for sedition by that point.’
    • ‘The most revealing aspect of the new legislation concerns the provisions regarding 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.’
    • ‘The false accusations we heard in the news media last week incite sectarian sedition.’
    • ‘During disputes, he and other government ministers have churned out statements that all but equate strikes with sedition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These varied from the trials and subsequent execution of radicals for treason, to trials for sedition and seditious libel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lawyer representing the 13 has confirmed that they are to be charged with sedition and public violence.’
    • ‘In March 1848, authorities charged several leading nationalists with sedition.’
    • ‘Those arrested are being charged with sedition and disturbing the peace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said that his lawyer advised him to leave Kenya as it was rumoured that he would soon be charged with sedition and treason.’
    incitement, incitement to rebellion, incitement to riot, agitation, rabble-rousing, fomentation, fomentation of discontent, troublemaking, provocation, inflaming
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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).