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
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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