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Sunday, April 09, 2006

rusticate

\RUHS-ti-keyt\ , verb;
1.
to go to the country.
2.
to stay or sojourn in the country.
3.
to send to or domicile in the country.
4.
to make rustic, as persons or manners.
5.
to finish (a wall surface) so as to produce or suggestrustication.
6.
British. to suspend (a student) from a university as punishment.
Quotes:
He is an honorable idler who loafs, who likes to rusticate, who cultivates the grisette, who pays his court to beauty…
-- Victor Hugo, translated by Charles E. Wilbour, Les Misérables, 1862
So alarming did the state of my finances become that I soon realized that I must either leave the metropolis and rusticate somewhere in the country, or that I must make a complete alteration in my style of living.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, 1887
Origin:
Rusticate is derived from the Latin verb rusticārī meaning "to live in the country." It entered English in the mid-1600s.
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