serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical:
architecture that was more banausic than inspired.
Historical Examples

The burghers began to tune the melodies of a new music: a banausic artisan song.
Women of the Teutonic Nations Hermann Schoenfeld

merely mechanical; materialistic; utilitarian

“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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