Definitions for ludditeˈlʌd aɪt

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  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

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  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.

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  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

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  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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