Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Luddites (2 syl.).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Luddites (2 syl.).
Riotous workmen who went about the manufacturing districts breaking machines, under the notion that machinery threw men out of employ. Miss Martineau says that the term arose from Ned Lud, of Leicestershire, an imbecile who was much hounded by boys. One day he chased a set of tormentors into a house, and broke two stocking-frames, whence the leader of these rioters was called General Lud, his chief abettors Lud’s wives, and his followers Luddites. (1811–1816.)   1



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