[ ruhs-ti-keyt ]
/ ˈrʌs tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used without object), rus·ti·cat·ed, rus·ti·cat·ing.

to go to the country.
to stay or sojourn in the country.

verb (used with object), rus·ti·cat·ed, rus·ti·cat·ing.

to send to or domicile in the country.
to make rustic, as persons or manners.
to finish (a wall surface) so as to produce or suggest rustication.
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


rus·ti·ca·tor, nounun·rus·ti·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for rusticate

/ (ˈrʌstɪˌkeɪt) /


to banish or retire to the country
to make or become rustic in style, behaviour, etc
(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
(tr) British to send down from university for a specified time as a punishment

Derived forms of rusticate

rustication, nounrusticator, noun

Word Origin for rusticate

C17: from Latin rūsticārī, from rūs the country
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