Definitions for ludditeˈlʌd aɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Luddite(noun)

    any opponent of technological progress

  2. Luddite(noun)

    one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment


  1. Luddite(Noun)

    Any of a group of early 19th century English textile workers who destroyed machinery because it would harm their livelihood.

  2. Luddite(Noun)

    Someone who opposes technological change.

  3. Origin: After Ned Ludd, a legendary example. See -ite.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Luddite(noun)

    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


  1. Luddite

    The Luddites were 19th-century English textile artisans who protested against newly developed labour-saving machinery from 1811 to 1817. The stocking frames, spinning frames and power looms introduced during the Industrial Revolution threatened to replace the artisans with less-skilled, low-wage labourers, leaving them without work. Although the origin of the name Luddite is uncertain, a popular theory is that the movement was named after Ned Ludd, a youth who allegedly smashed two stocking frames in 1779, and whose name had become emblematic of machine destroyers. The name evolved into the imaginary General Ludd or King Ludd, a figure who, like Robin Hood, was reputed to live in Sherwood Forest.


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