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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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Examples from the web for rustication
  • The high wind of inspiration blew through his long, packed, isolated rustication.
  • rustication shall be used on grade separations only.
  • The walls are brick, with every sixth brick course recessed to simulate rustication.
  • The rustication joints are the seams between the bays.
  • Stone cornices are located below the second and above the fourth stories, which are faced with brick laid to suggest rustication.
  • Its east and north elevation continue the pattern of rustication from the main building.
  • Terra cotta blocks that imitate stone rustication surround the arched opening and a blind arcade cornice sits over the top.
  • There are traces of lines scored in the sandstone, indicating the rustication of the foundation.
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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