Definition of Luddite

1. Noun. Any opponent of technological progress.

2. Noun. One of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment.

Definition of Luddite

1. 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.

Definition of Luddite

1. Noun. Any of a group of early 19th century English textile workers who destroyed machinery because it would harm their livelihood. ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension pejorative) Someone who opposes technological change. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Luddite

Lucky Lindy
Lucretia Coffin Mott
Lucrezia Borgia
Lucy Craft Laney
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Stone
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ludgate Hill
Ludi Saeculares
Ludloff's sign
Ludwig's angle
Ludwig's ganglion
Ludwig's labyrinth
Ludwig's nerve
Ludwig Boltzmann

Literary usage of Luddite

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1. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1907)
"The luddite riots have been described as the most formidable of all ... Whatever their origin, the luddite riots were numerous and formidable in the big ..."

2. The Lives of the Chief Justices of England by John Campbell Campbell, Joseph Arnould (1881)
"In the summer assizes of 1816 he was extensively retained for the defence of various luddite prisoners, charged with machine-breaking and rioting. ..."

3. The Risings of the Luddites, Chartists & Plugdrawers by Frank Peel (1888)
"THE APPREHENSION OF BAINES, THE HALIFAX luddite LEADER. But far too numerous is the herd of such Who think too little and who talk too much. ..."

4. A Life of Lord Lyndhurst from Letters and Papers in Possession of His Family by Sir Theodore Martin (1883)
"... misrepresented—Persevering industry —First great success in defending luddite Rioter at Nottingham— Becomes Serjeant-at-Law—Death of his father. ..."

5. England in Transition, 1789-1832: A Study of Movements by William Law Mathieson (1920)
"... after the bad harvest of 1811, in an epidemic of frame-breaking which was known, for no very intelligible reason,8 as "the luddite riots. ..."

6. The British Empire in the Nineteenth Century: Its Progress and Expansion at by Edgar Sanderson (1897)
"Agitation for reform stimulated by high prices of food and depression of trade—The luddite riots—Rise of Radicalism—Cobbett, Burdett, and Hunt—"The Field of ..."

7. Memorials of Manchester Streets by Richard Wright Procter (1874)
"... similar scenes in the model privation year 1826, and again in 1829; so we are enabled to realise the luddite tumults with sufficient vividness. ..."

8. History of the Peace: Being a History of England from 1816 to 1854. With an by Harriet Martineau, George Lillie Craik, Charles Knight (1865)
"There was a law against frame-breaking, which rendered the offenders liable to transportation for fourteen years ; luddite but it contemplated only the ..."

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