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[ruhs-ti-key-shuh n] /ˌrʌs tɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
Also called rustic work. Architecture. any of various forms of ashlar so dressed and tooled that the visible faces are raised above or otherwise contrasted with the horizontal and usually the vertical joints.
the act of a person or thing that rusticates.
Origin of rustication
First recorded in 1615-25, rustication is from the Latin word rūsticātiōn- (stem of rūsticātiō). See rusticate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Seven days' rustication had wrought a marked change in the town-bred girl.

    Husks Marion Harland
  • Nor does the fact that this rustication is compulsory distress or annoy me.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • I dare say you heard from Henrietta how we enjoyed our rustication at Siena.

  • It is, however, I believe, sometimes supposed that rustication gives an appearance of solidity to foundation stones.

  • rustication, the sending of an offender from the University for one term or more, thus hindering his qualifying for a degree.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • At Verona and Pola a still further improvement is made by the rustication of the exterior.

    Old Rome

    Robert Burn
  • He was offered a rustication, on a better living; but Henley did not come from the country to return to it.

  • The delay resulted from an occurrence which he never admitted deserved a year's rustication.

  • rustication saved him perhaps in the sense that it detached him; it undermined his ambitions, which had been foolish.

    Lady Barbarina Henry James
Word Origin and History for rustication

1620s, "to reside in the country," back-formation from rustication, or else from Latin rusticationem (nominative rusticatio) "act or fact of living in the country," noun of action from past participle stem of rusticari "live or stay in the country," from rusticus (see rustic). Meaning "send into the country" is from 1714.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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