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(17:187) We should rather say that sedition ceased than that harmony was re-established.

The thought staggered him, and he felt as if he had filled his mind with treason and sedition!

You are wanted for sedition, and upon a warrant from M. de Lesdiguieres.

Sedition is talked round every tin of bully beef on the Peninsula.

Sedition was sedition and treason was treason—you couldn't evade that fact.

The Alien and Sedition laws had borne their legitimate fruit.

That which rises to a revolution in England is no more than a sedition in other countries.

They were harassed by the natives with accusations of treason and sedition.

Chouev was thrown into prison and charged with sedition and blasphemy.

As for the capital, it was a seething riot of sedition, from the reports.


mid-14c., "rebellion, uprising, revolt, concerted attempt to overthrow civil authority; violent strife between factions, civil or religious disorder, riot; rebelliousness against authority," from Old French sedicion (14c., Modern French sédition) and directly from Latin seditionem (nominative seditio) "civil disorder, dissention, strife; rebellion, mutiny," literally "a going apart, separation," from se- "apart" (see secret) + itio "a going," from past participle of ire "to go" (see ion).

Meaning "conduct or language inciting to rebellion against a lawful government" is from 1838. An Old English word for it was folcslite. Less serious than treason, as wanting 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" [Century Dictionary].


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.