One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
incitement, incitement to rebellion, incitement to riot, agitation, rabble-rousing, fomentation, fomentation of discontent, troublemaking, provocation, inflamingView synonyms
- ‘Most revealing is the radical extension of the law of sedition.’
- ‘The lawyer representing the 13 has confirmed that they are to be charged with sedition and public violence.’
- ‘The most revealing aspect of the new legislation concerns the provisions regarding sedition.’
- ‘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 aspect of sedition that deals with inciting violence and lawlessness is more appropriately part of public order law.’
- ‘This law defined abolitionist petitions as agents of sedition and violent insurrection.’
- ‘Of course, I'll probably have been tried by a military tribunal and stuck in some deep dark hole for sedition by that point.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They could face charges of sedition and lengthy jail terms.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He said that his lawyer advised him to leave Kenya as it was rumoured that he would soon be charged with sedition and treason.’
- ‘The false accusations we heard in the news media last week incite sectarian sedition.’
- ‘Those arrested are being charged with sedition and disturbing the peace.’
- ‘Military officials initially told the press that he might face charges of espionage and sedition, even treason.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The security laws ban treason, sedition, subversion and the theft of state secrets.’
- ‘In times of wars the church stood at the forefront of sedition and treason, unless it saw some advantage for itself.’
- ‘During disputes, he and other government ministers have churned out statements that all but equate strikes with sedition.’
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).
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