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[ruhs-ti-key-shuh n] /ˌrʌs tɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
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
1615-25; < Latin rūsticātiōn- (stem of rūsticātiō). See rusticate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Here, to recover from a state of debility thus produced, a year's rustication has been found necessary.

  • Nor does the fact that this rustication is compulsory distress or annoy me.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • About the fifth day of his rustication the sharp edge of Chieftain's appreciation became dulled.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • I dare say you heard from Henrietta how we enjoyed our rustication at Siena.

  • He was offered a rustication, on a better living; but Henley did not come from the country to return to it.

  • At Verona and Pola a still further improvement is made by the rustication of the exterior.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • It is, however, I believe, sometimes supposed that rustication gives an appearance of solidity to foundation stones.

  • The delay resulted from an occurrence which he never admitted deserved a year's rustication.

  • Why, nine spirited young fellows out of ten would snap their fingers at rustication, if it wasn't for the home business.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
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
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