[ luhd-ahyt ]
/ ˈlʌd aɪt /
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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.
someone who is opposed or resistant to new technologies or technological change.
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Origin of Luddite
First recorded in 1805–15; supposedly after Ned Ludd, 18th-century Leicestershire worker who in a fit of rage destroyed mechanical knitting machines; see -ite1
OTHER WORDS FROM LudditeLuddism, Lud·dit·ism, noun
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How to use Luddite in a sentence
Not the least remarkable feature of the story of Luddism is the part played by spies and agents provocateurs.
British Dictionary definitions for Luddite
/ (ˈlʌdaɪt) /
noun English history
any of the textile workers opposed to mechanization who rioted and organized machine-breaking between 1811 and 1816
any opponent of industrial change or innovation
of or relating to the Luddites
Derived forms of LudditeLuddism, noun
Word Origin for Luddite
C19: alleged to be named after Ned Ludd, an 18th-century Leicestershire workman, who destroyed industrial machinery
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