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robot m. (Noun) "robot"
Borrowed from English robot. Coined in 1920 by Karel Čapek in R.U.R., a science fiction play about a rebellion of subservient synthetic humans (called roboti) against their human masters. R.U.R. was well-recieved and popular in the United States and Europe. The name robot was taken from Czech robota "work," "slavery." From Proto-Slavic *orbòta "slavery." From Proto-Indo-European *h3orbh-o- "forced labor." The meaning of forced labor is a late one, an extension from the labor that captives are forced to do. Originally it meant the slave or captive themselves (lit. "separated (from the community)"), and came from a root *h3orbh- meaning "separated."
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