sedition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sedition an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sedition Dissension; division; schism. "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, . . . emulations, wrath, strife, seditions , heresies."
    • Sedition The raising of commotion in a state, not amounting to insurrection; conduct tending to treason, but without an overt act; excitement of discontent against the government, or of resistance to lawful authority. "In soothing them, we nourish 'gainst our senate
      The cockle of rebellion, insolence, sedition ."
      "Noisy demagogues who had been accused of sedition ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sedition A factious commotion in a state; the stirring up of such a commotion; incitement of discontent against government and disturbance of public tranquillity, as by inflammatory speeches or writings, or acts or language tending to breach of public order: as, to stir up a sedition; a speech or pamphlet, abounding in sedition. Sedition, which is not strictly a legal term, comprises such offenses against the authority of the state as do not amount to treason, for want of an overt act. But it is not essential to the offense of sedition that it threaten the very existence of the state or its authority in its entire extent. Thus, there are seditious assemblies, seditious libels, etc., as well as direct and indirect threats and acts amounting to sedition—all of which are punishable as misdemeanors by fine and imprisonment.
    • n sedition Synonyms Rebellion, Revolt, etc. See insurrection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sedition sē-dish′un insurrection: any offence against the State next to treason
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sedicioun, OF. sedition, F. sédition, fr. L. seditio, originally, a going aside; hence, an insurrectionary separation; pref. se-, sed-, aside + itio, a going, fr. ire, itum, to go. Cf. Issue
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. seditiose-, away, īre, ītum, to go.

Usage

In literature:

Avoid all appearance of sedition.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
He besought all men "not to allow the Catholics to fare worse for his sake," and bade the latter keep out of sedition.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
When the raft had lost sight of the boats, a spirit of sedition began to manifest itself in furious cries.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
Showing symptoms of sedition.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
These seditions had been quenched in torrents of blood, but no relief had been accorded to the people.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
He filled the emperor's mind with reports of conspiracies and seditions.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
The native press is full of sedition.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
Prolonging his trip as far as Spain, Apollonius there got up a sedition against the authority of Nero, and thence crossed over into Africa.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Scarcely had this been accomplished when the government was embarrassed by William Cobbett's state trial for sedition.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The fate of the pigeons awaits all who would violate our shores, or light up the flame of sedition in the land.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

But a vassal preached sedition and in a gloomy hour
Came the wild and haggard vassals to the gate of Mammon Tower;
They asked for food and shelter and were answered by a blow,
And, rising in their anger, soon they laid the castle low.
"The Legend of Mammon Castle" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Political correctness prevents Army from recognizing sedition.
People & Events: Prelude to the Red Scare: The Espionage and Sedition Acts.
The Espionage and Sedition Acts.
Indiana history buffs may remember Eugene V Debs as the five-time Socialist candidate for president who, in 1918, represented himself in his own sedition trial, in defense of his anti-war statements.
McChrystal's Afghanistan comments: insightful or sedition.
The Islamic regime will not transfigure Mousavi into a martyr by arresting and trying him for sedition, nor will they exile him so that he can speak freely and escalate his rhetoric to revolutionary heights.
ANI Indian Cartoonist Arrested For Sedition Released.
Trivedi had originally refused to apply for bail, wanted sedition charge dropped.
Political cartoonist who criticized Indian gov't corruption jailed in sedition investigation.
Judge Acquits Hutaree Of Sedition .
Doctor Found Guilty of Sedition in India.
When it comes to weighing free speech versus sedition , we should err on the side of freedom.
McChrystal's Afghanistan comments: insightful or sedition .
Aseem Trivedi, Indian cartoonist charged with sedition, is released on bail.
I'm guessing that by now you've heard of the latest idea from the comedy troupe that brought us The Alien and Sedition Acts, The Fugitive Slave Act, and Prohibition.
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