[ ree-bahr-buh-tiv ]
/ riˈbɑr bə tɪv /
causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.
distressing, troublesome, disturbing, inconvenient, annoying, irritating, vexing, aggravating, disheartening, daunting, offensive, foul, remote, tiresome, vexatious, incommodious, exasperating, awful, hateful, odious
Origin of rebarbative
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/ (rɪˈbɑːbətɪv) /
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"repellent, unattractive," 1885, from French rébarbatif (14c.), from barbe "beard," from Latin barba (see barb (n.)).
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