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civil disobedience (n.)

coined 1866 by Thoreau as the title of his essay originally published (1849) as "Resistance to Civil Government."

If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose. If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible. [Thoreau]

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Definitions of civil disobedience

civil disobedience (n.)
a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination);
Thoreau wrote a famous essay justifying civil disobedience
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