When you pack up your city apartment and move to the country, you can call it rustication — it's a term that can have positive or negative associations, depending on how excited you are about living in the boonies.

The noun rustication is good for what your grandfather did when he retired to a rural town to become a gentleman farmer. You can also describe your grudging attendance at a summer camp deep in the Maine woods as your own rustication. Whether by choice or banishment, rustication is a move to the countryside. The Latin root is rusticus, "open land or country."

Definitions of rustication
  1. noun
    the condition naturally attaching to life in the country
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    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    the action of retiring to and living in the country
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    type of:
    withdrawal from your position or occupation
  3. noun
    banishment into the country
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    type of:
    banishment, proscription
    rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
  4. noun
    the construction of masonry or brickwork in a rustic manner
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    type of:
    building, construction
    the act of constructing something
  5. noun
    temporary dismissal of a student from a university
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    type of:
    suspension, temporary removal
    a temporary debarment (from a privilege or position etc)
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