Definition of rusticate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌstɪkeɪt/


1 [with object] British Suspend (a student) from a university as a punishment (used chiefly at Oxford and Cambridge): Shelley was rusticated for co-writing an atheistic pamphlet
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  • How is it that all the students who were rusticated were Dalits?
  • Academic institutions are increasingly nervous about ‘exemplary’ punishments - expelling or rusticating discovered cheaters.
  • He was educated at Rugby and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he was rusticated.
2 [no object] dated Go to, live in, or spend time in the country: a place to rusticate while other people made the decisions
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  • After rusticating in Kigezi from 1978 to 1981, he migrated to Nairobi for professional reasons.
  • ‘Just Folks’ is yet another Roth reversal: FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps was the actual (if benign) means of rusticating urban boys in the 1930s.
  • Stories of an encounter with the early Lincoln bestowed a special cachet, as if one had rubbed shoulders with a rusticated, prairie Solomon.
3 [with object] Fashion (masonry) in large blocks with sunk joints and a roughened surface: (as adjective rusticated) the stable block was built of rusticated stone
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  • The exterior was formed with contrasting brick colors, while rusticated masonry and brick banding incorporating ornamental ironwork established the nostalgic feel and character of a turn-of-the-century ballpark.
  • All architectural projections and rusticated surfaces are of reconstituted stone.
  • When the arches were built in the 1840s, the stonework was rusticated patterned by hand to create a dimpled effect on the surface.



Pronunciation: /rʌstɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • When we came up for the first time, there wasn't much made of rustication (being suspended from the university for a set period).
  • There's ornament in columns and cornices, rustication and pilasters, urns, anthemia, and pediments, with temples and colonnades high in the sky, topped by spires and finials.
  • Proctors arrived shortly afterwards and asked the students to leave, warning them that occupying a University building was a breach of regulations, which could lead to a £70 fine, or even rustication.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'countrify'): from Latin rusticat- '(having) lived in the country', from the verb rusticari, from rusticus (see rustic).

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