ETYM Old Eng. sedicioun, Old Fren. sedition, French sédition, from Latin seditio, originally, a going aside; hence, an insurrectionary separation; pref. se-, sed-, aside + itio a going, from ire, itum, to go. Related to Issue.
An illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government.
Incitement to rebellion.
The stirring up of discontent, resistance, or rebellion against the government in power.
In the UK, the offense of inciting unlawful opposition to the crown and government. Unlike treason, sedition does not carry the death penalty.
It includes attempting to bring into contempt or hatred the person of the reigning monarch, the lawfully established government, or either house of Parliament; inciting a change of government by other than lawful means; and raising discontent between different sections of the sovereign's subjects. Today any criticism aimed at reform is allowable.
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