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banausic

[buh-naw-sik, -zik] /bəˈnɔ sɪk, -zɪk/
adjective
1.
serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical:
architecture that was more banausic than inspired.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Greek banausikós, equivalent to bánaus(os) artisan + -ikos -ic
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banausic

/bəˈnɔːsɪk/
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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