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1. 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.
2. One who opposes technical or technological change.

[After Ned Ludd, an English laborer who was supposed to have destroyed weaving machinery around 1779.]

Lud′dism n.
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1. (Historical Terms) any of the textile workers opposed to mechanization who rioted and organized machine-breaking between 1811 and 1816
2. any opponent of industrial change or innovation
(Historical Terms) of or relating to the Luddites
[C19: alleged to be named after Ned Ludd, an 18th-century Leicestershire workman, who destroyed industrial machinery]
ˈLuddism n
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(ˈlʌd aɪt)

1. 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.
2. any opponent of new technologies or of technological change.
[1805–15; after Ned Ludd, 18th-century Leicestershire worker who originated the idea; see -ite1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Luddite - any opponent of technological progress
adversary, antagonist, opposer, resister, opponent - someone who offers opposition
2.Luddite - one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment
working man, working person, workingman, workman - an employee who performs manual or industrial labor
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A. ADJludita, ludista
B. Nludita mf, ludista mf
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(Hist, fig)
nMaschinenstürmer m
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[ˈlʌdaɪt] n & adj (frm) → luddista (m/f)
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