[ ree-bahr-buh-tiv ]
/ riˈbɑr bə tɪv /
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causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.



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Origin of rebarbative

First recorded in 1890–95; from French, feminine of rébarbatif “disagreeable, repugnant,” from Middle French rebarber “to oppose, confront,” literally “to go beard to beard, head to head,” equivalent to ré- re- + barbe “beard,” from Latin barba “beard” (cf. beard) + -atif -ative

Words nearby rebarbative

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Example sentences from the Web for rebarbative

  • Again, they hope to find this one rather less rebarbative than Law or Mathematics.

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British Dictionary definitions for rebarbative

/ (rɪˈbɑːbətɪv) /


fearsome; forbidding

Word Origin for rebarbative

C19: from French rébarbatif, from Old French rebarber to repel (an enemy), to withstand (him) face to face, from re- + barbe beard, from Latin barba
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