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 (bə-nô′sĭk, -zĭk)
1. Merely mechanical; routine: "a sensitive, self-conscious creature ... in sad revolt against uncongenially banausic employment" (London Magazine).
2. Of or relating to a mechanic.

[Greek banausikos, of or for craftsmen, from banausos, craftsman who works with fire, smith, potter, probably dissimilated from earlier *baunausos : baunos, furnace, forge (probably of pre-Greek substrate origin) + auein, to light a fire, get a light from; akin to Latin haurīre, to draw water.]


(bəˈnɔːsɪk) or


merely mechanical; materialistic; utilitarian
[C19: from Greek banausikos for mechanics, from baunos forge]


(bəˈnɔ sɪk, -zɪk)

serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical.
[1835–45; < Greek banausikós]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.banausic - (formal) ordinary and not refinedbanausic - (formal) ordinary and not refined; "he felt contempt for all banausic occupations"
formality - compliance with formal rules; "courtroom formality"
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
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Aristotle agreed that "the best state will not make a banausic workman a citizen," (22) and that "all paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
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It is the merit of eighteenth-century social and moral philosophy, which is the source of our own discipline of political economy, to have liberated the crafts and commercial activities--the banausic [Greek for the "man at the stove" as they were contemptuously called in the slave economy of Athens--from the stigma of the feudal era and to have obtained for them the ethical position to which they are entitled and which we now take for granted.
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