Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete Dissension; division; schism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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).]

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From Latin sēditiō ("sedition, discord"), from sēd- ("apart") + itiō ("going").

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