Luddite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Luddite one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment
    • n Luddite any opponent of technological progress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Luddite 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Luddite 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.
    • Luddite Of or pertaining to the Luddites: as, Luddite riots.
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Usage

In literature:

The Dead may be known for back-to-the-earth environmentalist rhetoric, but this hardly makes them anti-technological Luddites.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
Have a new set of Luddites coming to burn my mill, and break my machinery?
"John Halifax, Gentleman" by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Bill had dropped in, and they sat talking of the doings of the Luddites till it was later than usual.
"Through the Fray" by G. A. Henty
The rioters assumed the name of Luddites, and their leader was known as General Lud.
"The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals, Volume 2." by Lord Byron
Are you not near the Luddites?
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 474" by Various
The case of the Luddites was one of the few on which Lord Byron spoke in the Upper House, and Horace Smith sang for Fitzgerald .
"Rides on Railways" by Samuel Sidney
Through the Fray: A Story of the Luddite Riots.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
The Luddites were not the first to make war upon machinery.
"Socialism" by John Spargo
Through the Fray: A Story of the Luddite Riots.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
During the autumn and winter of 1811 "Luddite" riots broke out among the stocking-weavers of Nottingham.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
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In poetry:

His helm an iron pot, his hand
Held Luddite pike for burnish'd brand,
A boiler-lid, both large and strong,
Before him as his buckler hung.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
The blacksmith pois'd his hammer high;
And swift as bolt from louring sky,
With Vulcan's force and fury swung,
Upon the Luddite's helm it rung.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
As grafted rocks do meet the flood,
So fast, so firm the Luddite stood;
As floods oppos'd do backwards dash,
So back the Watch and Ward did crash.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
The Luddite foe did bravely stand,
Nor shrunk from blow, nor wielded brand,
Nor couched lance, nor fixed targe,
But fearless braved the sweeping charge.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
But scarce they'd gained the top o'th' hill,
When hark! a whistle loud and shrill,
Blown by some lurking Luddite's breath—
The Warders startled nigh to death.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

Angry Luddites stick it to the man by crossdressing .
Sounding a bit like a latter-day Luddite, the President reportedly said.
British entrepreneur Simon Woodroffe "thinks your house is a Luddite," according to a video from Britain's Channel 4 News on the prototype for his Yo.
The education labor union has reached a new milestone in lowness, attempting to turn Idaho voters into Luddites and depict kids as klutzes in order to satisfy a selfish agenda.
A Luddite 's Virtual Book Tour.
The innovations that the Luddites were facing all delivered massive increases in human utility (via increasingly inexpensive and higher-quality goods and services).
From Luddite to iPhone addict in 24 hours.
In the end, the Luddites may still be wrong.
Verizon's iPhone Is a Nail in the Coffin for Our Resident Neo- Luddite .
If you're a devoted reader, you're probably already sick of the back and forth between the excitable technophiles and the stubborn Luddites.
Adventures in Technophobia David Baker's semi-Luddite resistance to technology.
Luddites Can Still Be Good Managers.
Newsweek standards, Luddite fallacy , crowdfunding scams.
But with PamFax, you can keep Luddites in the loop for about $6 per month (free download, service is priced in euros), and receive unlimited faxes yourself, with no annoying ads--and no annoying fax machine.
Luddite leaders hinder security efforts in face of rising threats, says US official.
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