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She was investigated for sedition, but charges were dropped.
  illegal acts encouraging resistance to government authority — especially overthrow of the government
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  • She was investigated for sedition, but charges were dropped.
  • Sedition is a punishable offense for members of the U.S. military.
  • The sedition law signed by John Adams proved unpopular and was soon allowed to expire.
  • Nothing since was as stimulating as the old days of letters, petitions, meetings, debates, recruitment, quarrels, rescue and downright sedition.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved

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  • thy seditious countrymen
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • I learned precisely how seditious and cunning an enemy could be.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "He’s all but accusing you of sedition."
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He said that Sam was too smart a boy to be fooled by sedition.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Our martyred Saviour was called seditious, and I may be pardoned if I rejoice that I am a Rebel.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Thomas Hickey, you have been court-martialed and found guilty of the capital crimes of mutiny and sedition, of holding a treacherous correspondence with, and receiving pay from, the enemy for the most horrid and detestable purposes, and you have been sentenced to hang from the neck until dead.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains

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  • He confessed to the assassination of eminent Party members, the distribution of seditious pamphlets, embezzlement of public funds, sale of military secrets, sabotage of every kind.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It was like seditious and insidious too, and like socialist, suspicious, fascist and Communist.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A RESTRICTION occasionally let slip inconsiderate remarks, which the law then stigmatized as seditious speeches.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Subversion, sedition, blasphemy, heresy, all rolled into one.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Intent on treason and sedition, mmh?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • His Majesty glared at the old man and said— "The King is NOT mad, good man—and thou’lt find it to thy advantage to busy thyself with matters that nearer concern thee than this seditious prattle."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Most of the people you see are seditious at heart, and the rest ’ld run squealing.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • But one may ask them again, when, or where has there been a Kingdome long free from Sedition and Civill Warre.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • You look as if you expected me to report you as seditious!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Ill for thee, but in wished hour Of my revenge, first sought for, thou returnest From flight, seditious Angel! to receive Thy merited reward, the first assay Of this right hand provoked, since first that tongue, Inspired with contradiction, durst oppose A third part of the Gods, in synod met Their deities to assert; who, while they feel Vigour divine within them, can allow Omnipotence to none.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Our King saw that the one thing needful was to restore order: to curb the excessive powers of local government, which were usually exercised for selfish and often for seditious ends, and to systematise the judiciary.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • But one thing I’m not going to stand: I’m not going to stand my own wife being seditious.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "Prior Aymer," said the Templar, "you are a man of gallantry, learned in the study of beauty, and as expert as a troubadour in all matters concerning the ’arrets’ of love; but I shall expect much beauty in this celebrated Rowena to counterbalance the self-denial and forbearance which I must exert if I am to court the favor of such a seditious churl as you have described her father Cedric."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • After a time we passed the remains of a building, just the foundations all blackened, and the dealer pointed it out, and told me it was the celebrated Montgomery’s Tavern, which was where Mackenzie and his band of ragtags held their seditious meetings, and set out to march down Yonge Street, during the Rebellion.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • At the Institute, being a Democrat was beginning to smack of sedition.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • If people come to be pinched with want, and yet cannot dispose of anything as their own, what can follow upon this but perpetual sedition and bloodshed, especially when the reverence and authority due to magistrates falls to the ground? for I cannot imagine how that can be kept up among those that are in all things equal to one another.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • 3 While the dread of punishment discourages sedition, the hope of immunity encourages it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • He’d talked half of her barons into deserting her, while pretending to be an ally, and his sedition nearly dethroned her.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • But I also believe that the methods of the abolitionists as a whole have been dangerously close to sedition on a number of occasions.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Then I thought about the rebels, and how the king was usually quick to point out their sedition, but I was supposed to keep this news to myself.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • Two people were killed and six U.S. Marshals were shot in the ensuing riot, after which Walker was temporarily sent to a mental institution and held on federal charges of sedition.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • It contained the order for Napoleon Bonaparte to be placed under immediate arrest, to be returned to Paris in irons to stand trial for treason, sedition, disloyalty, and malfeasance.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • In an army wracked by mutiny, conversations such as these were nothing more than coded sedition, and if the officer didn’t understand the code, all the more reason to stop it.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • As I am informed, if the people made any attempt to deal with the cause of their grievances, the law stepped in and said, this is sedition, revolt, or what not, and slew or tortured the ringleaders of such attempts.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • The hope of impunity is a strong incitement to sedition; the dread of punishment, a proportionably strong discouragement to it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • ] [Footnote b: A large portion of the adventurers, says Stith ("History of Virginia"), were unprincipled young men of family, whom their parents were glad to ship off, discharged servants, fraudulent bankrupts, or debauchees; and others of the same class, people more apt to pillage and destroy than to assist the settlement, were the seditious chiefs, who easily led this band into every kind of extravagance and excess.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But one had to concede that this pathos for freedom had also brought forth shining foes of freedom, brilliant knights of tradition who did battle with irreverent, seditious progress.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But the sermon over, he none the less tranquilly resumed his course of seditions and enormities.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Nor was it beyond reason to imagine that the time could come when America, of necessity, might have to resort to something of the kind—as "an asylum against discord, seditions, and civil war"—in order to preserve the laws and liberties of the people.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Nor could he expect sympathy from Jefferson’s Republican Senators, who had recently completed a bitter campaign against his father and the Alien and Sedition Laws which bore his approval.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The issue in the campaign was a highly complex one, but under it lay a plain conflict between democratic independence and the [Pg065] old doctrine of dependence and authority; and with the Alien and Sedition Laws about his neck, so vividly reminiscent of the issues of the Revolution itself, Adams went down to defeat.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He accuses me of sedition every other week.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • If it has enough power, sedition factions will fear punishment by the national government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • A seditious utterance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Students here are like starving sharks when it comes to sedition.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • At Schoenbrunn there was a little shadow, aged four, whom it was seditious to call the King of Rome.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And the national government will do a better job repressing tendencies toward sedition than a single State.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But that would be sedition.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Where he calleth an Assembly, whereof men can give no just account, a Sedition, and such as they could not answer for.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • For we are in danger to be accused for this dayes sedition, because, there is no cause by which any man can render any reason of this Concourse of People.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
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