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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.]
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(bəˈnɔːsɪk) or


merely mechanical; materialistic; utilitarian
[C19: from Greek banausikos for mechanics, from baunos forge]
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(bəˈnɔ sɪk, -zɪk)

serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical.
[1835–45; < Greek banausikós]
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
(10.) Both Plato and Aristotle explicitly contrasted this aim with the kind of training that was thought desirable or necessary for those who were not born to exercise freedom, the worker or tradesman (banausos).
Questi ultimi rimangono dei banausos, ossia persone la cui attivita e rivolta all'utile.