Definitions for ludditeˈlʌd aɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a member of any of various bands of workers in England (1811–16) who destroyed industrial machinery in the belief that its use diminished employment.
Category: Western History
any opponent of new technologies or of technological change.
Origin of Luddite:
1805–15; after Ned Ludd, 18th-cent. Leicestershire worker who originated the idea; see -ite1
any opponent of technological progress
one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment
Any of a group of early 19th century English textile workers who destroyed machinery because it would harm their livelihood.
Someone who opposes technological change.
Origin: After Ned Ludd, a legendary example. See -ite.
one of a number of riotous persons in England, who for six years (1811-17) tried to prevent the use of labor-saving machinery by breaking it, burning factories, etc.; -- so called from Ned Lud, a half-witted man who some years previously had broken stocking frames