Wednesday Word for April 22, 2020

Today’s word comes from the news.

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech



  1. Incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.
  2. The crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government.
  3. The crime of creating a revolt, disturbance, or violence against lawful civil authority with the intent to cause its overthrow or destruction.


This word was first used in the 14th century, from the Middle English sedicioun, from Anglo-French sediciun, from Latin sedition-, seditio, literally, separation, from sed-, se– apart + ition-, itio act of going, from ire to go.



treason, insurrection, mutiny

Usage and Examples

Here are a couple of examples:

  • The leaders of the insurrection were arrested and charged with sedition.
  • The president, of all people, was advocating sedition in his speeches.

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