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rebarbative

adjective re·bar·ba·tive \ri-ˈbär-bə-tiv\

Definition of REBARBATIVE

re·bar·ba·tive·ly adverb

Examples of REBARBATIVE

  1. <there are aspects of that writer's personality that any reasonable person would regard as rebarbative, but we're just reading his novels—not marrying him>

Origin of REBARBATIVE

French rébarbatif, from Middle French, from rebarber to be repellent, from re- + barbe beard, from Latin barba — more at beard
First Known Use: 1892

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