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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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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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What she isolates above all are the ways in which these manuals (Preston, whose fondness for unfamiliar vocabulary can be faintly reminiscent of Thomas Browne's own, calls them 'banausic') are positioned by their authors in what we would see as an essentially poetic tradition: 'For [every writer on fruit] the labour of planting and tending is explicitly or latently an act of worship, the respectful stewardly task of tending God's creation' (p.
Plato and Aristotle] have thrown free workmen into close proximity with slave labor by their attitude upon the 'banausic' trades." (21) In his Economics, Xenophon writes, "[t]he people who give themselves up to manual labor are never promoted to public offices, and with good reason.
(26.) This statement might appear either banausic or the fruit of a false modesty, but I think it is gravid of consequences not only for the methodology of Geisteswissenschaften, but also for the conception of scientific contribution in general.
Nonetheless, following Martin (1952), we must acknowledge that Jefferson's conception of "useful" is broad, not banausic, and aims at human flourishing.
Both amphora and pelike belong among what Anthony Snodgrass classes as "generally banausic" vessels, those found in non-sympotic settings, but he goes on to note the more floating status of these two vase types: "Especially in the case of the finer specimens with inscribed figure-scenes, it is hard to believe that they would not be shown off to the drinkers of the wine" (Snodgrass 2000, 28).
Some of the banausic nonsense of the modern world mattered less and the richness of life mattered more, I think that's probably what the appeal is."
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.
Get away from the banausic everyday life by taking a stroll on the beautifully landscaped garden.
With the exception of me, Fowlie and Fred and perhaps one or two others, what a banausic morass of glue and self-advertisement!
Allegations of servile origins or banausic activities were common elements of political and forensic polemic: M.