Sedition Definition

The stirring up of discontent, resistance, or rebellion against the government in power.
Webster's New World
Revolt or rebellion.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World Law

Organized incitement of rebellion or civil disorder against authority or the state, usually by speech or writing.


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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

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