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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for rusticating


  1. (in New Zealand) a wide type of weatherboarding used in older houses
Derived Formsrusticated, adjective


  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
Derived Formsrustication, nounrusticator, noun

Word Origin for rusticate

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



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

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