rebarbative

rebarbative

[ree-bahr-buh-tiv]
adjective
causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.

Origin:
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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rebarbative (rɪˈbɑːbətɪv)
 
adj
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]

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