American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a group of British workers who between 1811 and 1816 rioted and destroyed laborsaving textile machinery in the belief that such machinery would diminish employment.
- n. One who opposes technical or technological change.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of a conspiracy of workmen in England (1811–1816) banded together for the destruction of improved machines, under the delusion that these diminished employment: said to have called themselves Luddites from an imbecile named Ned Lud, who broke two stocking-frames from anger. The disturbances created by them were called Luddite riots, and required stern measures for their repression.
- Of or pertaining to the Luddites: as, Luddite riots.
- n. Any of a group of early 19th century English textile workers who destroyed machinery because it would harm their livelihood.
- n. by extension, pejorative Someone who opposes technological change.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment
- n. any opponent of technological progress
- After Ned Ludd, a legendary example. See -ite. (Wiktionary)
- After Ned Ludd, an English laborer who was supposed to have destroyed weaving machinery around 1779. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That living-condition claim was swept aside by commercial interests and officialdom, which hung the label Luddite on protesters not for demanding a living wage but for obstructing the march of technological progress.”
“The novelist Thomas Pynchon wrote in The New York Times in 1984, “The word Luddite continues to be applied with contempt to anyone with doubts about technology, especially the nuclear kind.””
“The term Luddite usually carries connotations of destroying new technology.”
“To put that in Luddite speak: The computer is fast.”
“To call someone with such economic views a Luddite is not a personal attack and I am sorry if it comes across as such.”
“But trying to explain this stuff to a Luddite is like introducing calculus to a kindergarten class.”
“Can you question technology without being labelled a Luddite?”
“The troubles which occurred in various parts of the country were known as the Luddite Riots, and the secret body which organized them was called King or General”
“David Harsanyi: No, the GOP is not home of modern Luddites Have you noticed that any person who exhibits any skepticism about global warming alarmism will, sooner or later, be called a Luddite?”
“Just go to the index of MacUpdate and see: most of the software released just wouldn't exist for Mac if it weren't for OS X. Nostalgia is one thing: being a Luddite is another.”
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