automatonlike


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Adj.1.automatonlike - resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine; "an automatic `thank you'"; "machinelike efficiency"
mechanical - using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices; "a mechanical process"; "his smile was very mechanical"; "a mechanical toy"
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Thinking became automatonlike. In Bettelheim's view this transformation of individual humans into unthinking machines was not confined only to the prisoners but also to those who administered the camp.
By taste and not seeing he contemplated the cool invisible worm as it coiled onto his finger and smeared sharp, automatonlike and sweet, into his mouth....
Hidden in the dietician's closet, a five-year-old Christmas cannot stop himself from eating the toothpaste, or rather cannot stop the toothpaste from entering him: "By taste and not seeing he contemplated the cool invisible worm as it coiled onto his finger and smeared sharp, automatonlike and sweet, into his mouth" (p.