Luddite

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Etymology[edit]

Named after Ned Ludd, a legendary example, +‎ -ite.

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  • Hyphenation: Lud‧dite
  • (UK, US) enPR: lŭdʹīt, IPA(key): /ˈlʌ.daɪt/
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  • (Canada, US) IPA(key): [ˈlʌ.ɾʌit]
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Noun[edit]

Luddite (plural Luddites)

  1. (historical) Any of a group of early 19th-century English textile workers who destroyed machinery because it would harm their livelihood.
  2. (by extension, derogatory) Someone who opposes technological change.
    • 2012 October 24, David Leonhardt, “Standard of Living Is in the Shadows as Election Issue”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      [Benjamin Friedman] added, “How long does it take the Luddites to be wrong — a few years, a decade, a couple of decades?” Perhaps just as important, what happens to the workers who happen to be living during a time when the Luddite argument has some truth to it?
  3. (by extension, casual) One who lives among nature, forsaking technology.

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