ba·​nau·​sic | \ bə-ˈnȯ-sik How to pronounce banausic (audio) , -zik \

Definition of banausic

: relating to or concerned with earning a living used pejoratively contempt for the banausic occupations— T. S. Eliot also : utilitarian, practical such mundane and banausic considerations as comfort and durability — G. B. Boyer

Banausic Has Greek Roots

The ancient Greeks held intellectual pursuits in the highest esteem, and they considered ideal a leisurely life of contemplation. A large population of slaves enabled many Greek citizens to adopt that preferred lifestyle. Those who had others to do the heavy lifting for them tended to regard professional labor with contempt. Their prejudice against the need to toil to earn a living is reflected in the Greek adjective banausikos (the root of banausic), which not only means "of an artisan" (from the word for "artisan," banausos) but "nonintellectual" as well.

First Known Use of banausic

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banausic

Greek banausikos of an artisan, nonintellectual, vulgar, from banausos artisan

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“Banausic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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