Meaning of seditious in English:

seditious

adjective

  • Inciting or causing people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.

    ‘the letter was declared seditious’
    • ‘John had reached the age, however, at which he began to question authority - not in the treasonous, seditious way Aaron and Andrew once had, but in a more innocent, juvenile way.’
    • ‘The authorities clamped down on seditious behaviour.’
    • ‘The laws of libel needed no reinforcement and proceedings for seditious or criminal libel should be used sparingly.’
    • ‘The legislation declares that publications will only be considered seditious when there is ‘an intention to incite others’ to commit treason, subversion or secession.’
    • ‘‘They're thinking of using the treason laws against seditious clerics,’ I said over breakfast last Monday, catching up with the news.’
    • ‘In the name of press freedom and nationalism we deliberately wrote seditious and criminally libellous articles against colonial governments.’
    • ‘All nineteen of the company's editorial computers were taken by police following a complaint from the youth wing of the ruling political party that a letter published by the news service was seditious and could incite racial hatred.’
    • ‘The question in pluralist systems is whether or not potentially seditious individuals can be taken under surveillance or arrested without violating civil liberties and undermining the rule of law.’
    • ‘It is more likely that the articles embodied the intent of serving as parameters against seditious speech aimed at inciting action to illegally overthrow a government.’
    • ‘Can denunciations of the cosmopolitans who corrupt our youth with seditious ideas be far behind?’
    • ‘Most of the members of that organization, now declared seditious and outlawed, left the state as fast as they could.’
    • ‘He described Thomas Paine as a traitor to his country, a wicked, malicious, seditious and ill-disposed individual, who had actively supported both the American and the French Revolutions.’
    • ‘Sometimes the humble person who has helped a disguised king fears the worst when the latter's identity is revealed - has he behaved disrespectfully, or said anything seditious or incriminating?’
    • ‘He played the song incessantly, ignoring my pleas for mercy and grannyish objections to its author's seditious intent.’
    • ‘For example, the crime of ‘possession of seditious publications’ was deleted, but ‘dealing with seditious publications’ would still be a crime.’
    • ‘These were seen by authorities as very partial, untrue, seditious, and savouring too much of dangerous and traitorous conceits.’
    • ‘These are exciting, radical, almost seditious ideas in this conservative country.’
    • ‘Twelve leaders were framed in 1916 on a charge of seditious conspiracy as a result of their campaign of direct action against the war effort.’
    • ‘The seditious spirit of the colonies owes its birth to the factions in this House.’
    • ‘Individuals are being arrested and detained for lengthy periods, often without trial, for disseminating information judged to be seditious via the Internet.’
    rabble-rousing, inciting, agitating, fomenting, troublemaking, provocative, inflammatory, agitational
    revolutionary, rebellious, insurrectionist, mutinous, insurgent, subversive, insubordinate, civil disobedience, dissident, defiant, disloyal, treasonous
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Origin

Late Middle English from Old French seditieux or Latin seditiosus, from seditio ‘mutinous separation’ (see sedition).

Pronunciation

seditious

/sɪˈdɪʃəs/