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View synonyms for rebarbative

rebarbative

[ ree-bahr-buh-tiv ]

adjective

  1. causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.


rebarbative

/ rɪˈbɑːbətɪv /

adjective

  1. fearsome; forbidding


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rebarbative1

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” ( beard ( def ) ) + -atif -ative

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rebarbative1

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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Example Sentences

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

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