sedition


sedition
sedition, treason are comparable when they mean an offense against a state to which or a sovereign to whom one owes allegiance.
Sedition applies to conduct that is not manifested in an overt act but that incites commotion and resistance to lawful authority without in itself amounting to insurrection
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sedition is ... a matter of expressing opinions, not of committing acts— The Reporter

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Treason applies to conduct that is manifested by an overt act or acts, is variously defined by various governments and at various times but typically has for its aim the violent overthrow of the government, the death of the sovereign, or betrayal to or aid and comfort of the enemy
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one cannot commit treason simply by talking or conspiring against the government; he must actually do something, and there must be witnesses— Ogg & Ray

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sedition has come to be applied to practices which tend to disturb internal public tranquility by deed, word, or writing but which do not amount to treason and are not accompanied by or conducive to open violence— Chafee

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sedition ... is traitorous behavior that falls short of treason because it does not actively levy war against the United States or give aid to an enemy of the United States. It stirs up resistance to latf or encourages conduct that may become treasonSmelser & Kirwin

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Analogous words: *rebellion, revolt, revolution, uprising, insurrection, mutiny, putsch, coup: disaffection, alienation, estrangement (see corresponding verbs at ESTRANGE)
Contrasted words: *fidelity, allegiance, loyalty, fealty

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  • sedition — se·di·tion /si di shən/ n [Latin seditio, literally, separation, from sed apart + itio act of going, from ire to go]: the crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow… …   Law dictionary

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  • Sedition — Se*di tion, n. [OE. sedicioun, OF. sedition, F. s[ e]dition, fr. L. seditio, originally, a going aside; hence, an insurrectionary separation; pref. se , sed , aside + itio a going, fr. ire, itum, to go. Cf. {Issue}.] 1. The raising of commotion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sedition — Sedition, Seditio. Faire sedition en une cité, Seditionem in ciuitatem inducere. Esmouvoir sedition, Seditionem facere, conflare, concitare, commouere. Tascher à esmouvoir quelque sedition, Quaerere locum seditionis. S addonner à faire seditions …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • sedition — [si dish′ən] n. [ME sedicion < OFr < L seditio < sed , apart (see SECEDE) + itio, a going < ire, to go: see YEAR] 1. the stirring up of discontent, resistance, or rebellion against the government in power 2. Archaic revolt or… …   English World dictionary

  • Sedition — (v. lat. Seditĭo), Empörung, Aufstand; daher Seditios, aufrührerisch, unruhig; Seditiosität, Empörungs , Aufwiegelungssucht …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sedition — (lat.), Empörung; seditiös, aufrührerisch …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sedition — (lat.), Empörung, Aufstand; seditiös, aufrührerisch …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • sedition — (n.) late 14c., rebellion, from O.Fr. sedicion, from L. seditionem (nom. seditio) civil disorder, dissention, lit. a going apart, separation, from se apart (see SECRET (Cf. secret)) + itio a going, from pp. of ire to go (see …   Etymology dictionary