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Luddite

[luhd-ahyt]
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noun
  1. a member of any of various bands of workers in England (1811–16) organized to destroy manufacturing machinery, under the belief that its use diminished employment.
  2. someone who is opposed or resistant to new technologies or technological change.
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Origin of Luddite

1805–15; after Ned Ludd, 18th-century Leicestershire worker who originated the idea; see -ite1
Related formsLud·dism, Lud·dit·ism, noun
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Luddite

noun English history
  1. any of the textile workers opposed to mechanization who rioted and organized machine-breaking between 1811 and 1816
  2. any opponent of industrial change or innovation
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Luddites
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Derived FormsLuddism, noun

Word Origin

C19: alleged to be named after Ned Ludd, an 18th-century Leicestershire workman, who destroyed industrial machinery
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Word Origin and History for luddite

Luddite

n.

also luddite, 1811, from name taken by an organized band of weavers who destroyed machinery in Midlands and northern England 1811-16 for fear it would deprive them of work. Supposedly from Ned Ludd, a Leicestershire worker who in 1779 had done the same before through insanity (but that story first was told in 1847). Applied to modern rejecters of automation and technology from at least 1961. As an adjective from 1812.

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