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Saturday, November 03, 2001

Definitions for troglodyte

  1. A member of a primitive people that lived in caves, dens, or holes; a cave dweller.
  2. One who is regarded as reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.

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Citations for troglodyte
When the survivalists emerged blinking into the sunlight to restock their caves after the terror, my first reaction was to say, "Bless their dotty, troglodyte hearts." Judy Mann, Washington Post
. . .an admitted electronics-averse troglodyte like myself, who writes with a fountain pen, shaves with a mug and brush, grinds his own coffee and spends summers in a Maine fishing town where the nearest latte is 45 minutes away. Frank Van Riper, Washington Post
Origin of troglodyte
Troglodyte comes from Latin Troglodytae, a people said to be cave dwellers, from Greek Troglodytai, from trogle, "a hole" + dyein, "to enter." The adjective form is troglodytic.