Word of the Day Archive
Saturday July 28, 2012
Serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired.
Banausic to the point of drudgery? Sometimes. Often tedious? Perhaps.
-- David Foster Wallace, The Pale King
To me, the Venetians whom I have met, seem to be merely inadequate, incondite, banausic, and perfectly complacent about it.
-- Frederick Rolfe, The Armed Hands
Banausic comes from the Greek word bánaus meaning "artisan, mere mechanical." It entered English in the 1820s.