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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.
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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.
  3. to finish (a wall surface) so as to produce or suggest rustication.
  4. British. to suspend (a student) from a university as punishment.
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Origin of rusticate

1650–60; < Latin rūsticātus (past participle of rūsticārī to live in the country), equivalent to rūstic(us) rustic + -ātus -ate1
Related formsrus·ti·ca·tor, nounun·rus·ti·cat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • When we rusticate in the wilds we take a troop of friends along.

    Johnstone of the Border

    Harold Bindloss

  • They sent her down to rusticate somewhere at the end of the season.

    Guy Livingstone;

    George A. Lawrence

  • For four months the most energetic man in the Army was able to rusticate.

    Sir John French

    Cecil Chisholm

  • Many Oporto families own country-houses in the Minho, and rusticate there very pleasantly for a month or two in early fall.

  • Murphy was dismissed in disgrace, and ordered to rusticate on board till his eye was bright.

    Frank Mildmay

    Captain Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for rusticate


  1. to banish or retire to the country
  2. to make or become rustic in style, behaviour, etc
  3. (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
  4. (tr) British to send down from university for a specified time as a punishment
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Derived Formsrustication, nounrusticator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin rūsticārī, from rūs the country
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Word Origin and History for rusticate


1650s, from Latin rusticatus, past participle of rusticarti "to live in the country" (see rustication). Related: Rusticated; rusticating.

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