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banausic

[buh-naw-sik, -zik]
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adjective
  1. serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired.

Origin of banausic

1835–45; < Greek banausikós, equivalent to bánaus(os) artisan + -ikos -ic
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Historical Examples

  • The burghers began to tune the melodies of a new music: a banausic artisan song.

    Women of the Teutonic Nations

    Hermann Schoenfeld


British Dictionary definitions for banausic

banausic

adjective
  1. merely mechanical; materialistic; utilitarian

Word Origin

C19: from Greek banausikos for mechanics, from baunos forge
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Word Origin and History for banausic

adj.

"merely mechanical," coined 1845 from Greek banausikos "pertaining to mechanics," from banausos "artisan, mere mechanical," hence (to the Greeks) "base, ignoble;" perhaps literally "working by fire," from baunos "furnace, forge" (but Klein dismisses this as folk etymology and calls it "of uncertain origin").

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