- merely mechanical
- mundane or utilitarian
Origin of banausicClassical Greek banausikos, for artisans or mechanics
- Merely mechanical; routine: “a sensitive, self-conscious creature … in sad revolt against uncongenially banausic employment” ( London Magazine )
- Of or relating to a mechanic.
Origin of banausicGreek 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 Latin haurīre to draw water
(comparative more banausic, superlative most banausic)
From Ancient Greek βαναυσικός (banausikos, “of or for mechanics”), from βάναυσος (banausos, “mechanical, ironsmith”), from βαύνος (baunos, “furnace, forge”).