Rebarbative meaning

rē-bärbə-tĭv
Tending to irritate; repellent.
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Repellent, unattractive, forbidding, grim, etc.
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Origin of rebarbative

  • French rébarbatif from Old French from (se) rebarber to confront re- re- barbe beard (from Latin barba bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French rébarbatif, rébarbative (“repellent", “disagreeable"), from Middle French rebarber (“to oppose", “to stand up to") (from Old French re- + barbe (“barb", “beard") (from Latin barba (“beard"), literally “to stand beard to beard against") + -atif (“-ative").

    From Wiktionary