rebarbative

[ ree-bahr-buh-tiv ]
/ riˈbɑr bə tɪv /

adjective

causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.

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Origin of rebarbative

1890–95; < French, feminine of rébarbatif, derivative of rébarber to be unattractive, equivalent to ré- re- + barbe beard (< Latin barba) + -atif -ative
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British Dictionary definitions for rebarbative

rebarbative

/ (rɪˈbɑːbətɪv) /

adjective

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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