neo-Luddite

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

neo- +‎ Luddite

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: neo‧Lud‧dite

Adjective[edit]

neo-Luddite (comparative more neo-Luddite, superlative most neo-Luddite)

  1. (sometimes pejorative) Opposed to technology, in the fashion of the Luddites.
    • 1970, Robert Theobald, The Economics of Abundance: A Non-inflationary Future, page 130:
      One is a neo-Luddite revolt, aiming to destroy machines and machine systems [....]
    • 1995, Kirkpatrick Sale, Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution, page 254:
      Last along the spectrum comes a diverse set of social critics, activists and intellectuals for the most part, who accept the neo-Luddite label without demur and are consciously working to adapt certain of the Luddite fundamentals to contemporary politics.
    • 2003, Christina Garsten and Helena Wulff, New Technologies at Work: People, Screens and Social Virtuality, page 172:
      One such collection of thoughts is the neo-Luddite spectrum. Not yet an organized movement, the neo-Luddite approach contains multitudes of [....]
    • 2004, Peyton Paxson, Media Literacy: Thinking Critically about the Internet, page 17:
      However, as the original Luddites did, a small number of people within the neo-Luddite movement have resorted to criminal activity.

Noun[edit]

neo-Luddite (plural neo-Luddites)

  1. (sometimes pejorative) One who opposes technology, in the fashion of the Luddites.
  2. One who opposes to scientific or technological progress; frequently pejorative.
    • 1985, Greg Bear, "Blood Music", in The Collected Stories of Greg Bear (2004), page 32:
      "Neo-Luddite," I said to myself. A filthy accusation.