[ ruhs-ti-keyt ]
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verb (used without object),rus·ti·cat·ed, rus·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to go to the country.

  2. to stay or sojourn in the country.

verb (used with object),rus·ti·cat·ed, rus·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to send to or domicile in the country.

  2. to make rustic, as persons or manners.

  1. to finish (a wall surface) so as to produce or suggest rustication.

  2. British. to suspend (a student) from a university as punishment.

Origin of rusticate

1650–60; <Latin rūsticātus (past participle of rūsticārī to live in the country), equivalent to rūstic(us) rustic + -ātus-ate1

Other words from rusticate

  • rus·ti·ca·tor, noun
  • un·rus·ti·cat·ed, adjective

Words Nearby rusticate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rusticate in a sentence

  • To him the Toba valley served well enough as a place to rusticate.

    The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • For four months the most energetic man in the Army was able to rusticate.

    Sir John French | Cecil Chisholm
  • "I wonder what possessed the governor to rusticate," thought Dacres as he turned away.

    The Dreadnought of the Air | Percy F. Westerman
  • He told me that he was on the look-out for a quiet, unfrequented place on the sea-shore, where he might rusticate and sketch.

  • No one else taking up the cudgels for poor Charles, the Master said he was afraid he must rusticate him.

    Ravenshoe | Henry Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for rusticate


/ (ˈrʌstɪˌkeɪt) /

  1. to banish or retire to the country

  2. to make or become rustic in style, behaviour, etc

  1. (tr) architect to finish (an exterior wall) with large blocks of masonry that are separated by deep joints and decorated with a bold, usually textured, design

  2. (tr) British to send down from university for a specified time as a punishment

Origin of rusticate

C17: from Latin rūsticārī, from rūs the country

Derived forms of rusticate

  • rustication, noun
  • rusticator, noun

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