Dictionary entry

Luddite |ˈlədˌīt|

NOUN

a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, esp. in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs (1811–16).

• a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology: a small-minded Luddite resisting progress.

DERIVATIVES

Luddism |-ˌizəm|noun,

Ludditism |-ˌītˌizəm|noun

ORIGIN

Perhaps named after Ned Lud, a participant in the destruction of machinery, + -ite1.