Sedition meaning

sĭ-dĭshən
An activity or communication aimed at overthrowing governmental authority. Sedition acts were passed in the United States as early as 1798 and as recently as World War I. The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1919 that communications urging sedition could only be punished if there was a clear and present danger. Otherwise, it was a contradiction of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech.
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Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state.
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Sedition is defined as words or speech that incite people to rebel against the government or governing authority.

Words that inspire a revolution that overthrows the government are an example of sedition.

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Organized incitement of rebellion or civil disorder against authority or the state, usually by speech or writing.
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Insurrection; rebellion.
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The stirring up of discontent, resistance, or rebellion against the government in power.
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Insurrection or rebellion.
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Revolt or rebellion.
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Origin of sedition

  • Middle English sedicioun violent party strife from Old French sedition from Latin sēditiō sēditiōn- sēd-, sē- apart s(w)e- in Indo-European roots itiō act of going (from itus) (past participle of īre to go ei- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sÄ“ditiō (“sedition, discord"), from sÄ“d- (“apart") + itiō (“going").

    From Wiktionary