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Tending to irritate; repellent: "He became rebarbative, prickly, spiteful" (Robert Craft).

[French rébarbatif, from Old French, from (se) rebarber, to confront : re-, re- + barbe, beard (from Latin barba; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots).]


fearsome; forbidding
[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]


(riˈbɑr bə tɪv)

causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.
[1890–95; < French, feminine of rébarbatif, derivative of rébarber to be unattractive <ré- re- + barbe beard (< Latin barba)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rebarbative - serving or tending to repel; "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful"; "I find his obsequiousness repellent"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"


[rɪˈbɑːbətɪv] ADJ (frm) → repugnante, repelente


adj (form)abstoßend
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3) A second reason put forward for the marginalization of CARL is the rebarbative presentation of its research; this is a particular concern of Potter's ("Literary Criticism" 91, 94, 97), but others have echoed her.
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