August 22, 2011

Word of the Day: Rusticate

Rusticate \RUHS-tih-kayt\ intransitive verb

1. To go into or reside in the country; to pursue a rustic life.

transitive verb:
1. To require or compel to reside in the country; to banish or send away temporarily.
2. (Chiefly British) To suspend from school or college.
3. To build with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints.
4. To lend a rustic character to; to cause to become rustic.

Origin: Rusticate comes from the past participle of Latin rusticari, "to live in the country," from rusticus, "rural, rustic, from rus, "the country."

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