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 or destruction compare criminal syndicalism, sabotage
se·di·tious /-shəs/ adj
se·di·tious·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun apostasy, defection, defiance, desertion, disloyalty, disobedience, dissidence, infidelity, infraction, insubordination, insurgence, insurrection, motus, mutiny, noncompliance, overthrow, rebellion, recreance, recreancy, recusancy, resistance to authority, revolt, revolution, riot, rising, seditio, seditiousness, subversion, tergiversation, treachery, treason, underground activity, uprising, violation associated concepts: alien and sedition acts, seditious libel II index anarchy, bad faith, bad repute, defiance, disloyalty, infidelity, insurrection, mutiny, rebellion, resistance, revolt, subversion, treason

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Speech or actions intended to persuade the people to rise up against a government and, if possible, overthrow it; advocating treason.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

acts, deeds, writing or speeches that can, even if not intended, stir up the peace of the state or that move the people to dislike, resist or subvert the government of the day. See disqualification.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The federal crime of advocating insurrection against the government through speeches and publications. Sedition charges are rare because freedom of speech, press, and assembly are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and because treason or espionage charges can be made for overt acts against the nation's security.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. An activity or communication aimed at overthrowing governmental authority. Sedition acts were passed in the United States as early as 1798 and as recently as World War I. The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1919 that communications urging sedition could only be punished if there was a clear and present danger. Otherwise, it was a contradiction of the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A revolt or an incitement to revolt against established authority, usually in the form of treason or defamation against government.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A revolt or an incitement to revolt against established authority, usually in the form of treason or defamation against government.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the federal crime of advocacy of insurrection against the government or support for an enemy of the nation during time of war, by speeches, publications and organization. Sedition usually involves actually conspiring to disrupt the legal operation of the government and is beyond expression of an opinion or protesting government policy. Sedition is a lesser crime than "treason," which requires actual betrayal of the government, or "espionage." Espionage involves spying on the government, trading state secrets (particularly military) to another country (even a friendly nation), or sabotaging governmental facilities, equipment or suppliers of the government, like an aircraft factory. During U.S. participation in World War II (1941-1945) several leaders of the German-American Bund, a pro-Nazi organization, were tried and convicted of sedition for actively interfering with the war effort. Since freedom of speech, press and assembly are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and because treason and espionage charges can be made for overt acts against the nation's security, sedition charges are rare.
   See also: espionage, treason

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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