[ruhs-ti-key-shuh n]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rustication

Contemporary Examples of rustication

Historical Examples of rustication

  • Seven days' rustication had wrought a marked change in the town-bred girl.


    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

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