from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state.
  • n. Insurrection; rebellion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. organized incitement of rebellion or civil disorder against authority or the state, usually by speech or writing.
  • n. insurrection or rebellion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. Dissension; division; schism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. Synonyms Rebellion, Revolt, etc. See insurrection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government


Middle English sedicioun, violent party strife, from Old French sedition, from Latin sēditiō, sēditiōn- : sēd-, sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + itiō, act of going (from itus, past participle of īre, to go; see ei- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sēditiō ("sedition, discord"), from sēd- ("apart") + itiō ("going"). (Wiktionary)



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