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Friday, January 03, 2003

Definitions for rebarbative

  1. Serving or tending to irritate or repel.

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Citations for rebarbative
Over the past couple of hours a lot of rebarbative, ulcerated and embittered people had been working hard at bedding their resentments down in sensory-deprivation tanks full of alcohol. Will Self, The Sweet Smell of Psychosis
I still think this true, yet can't help regret the unretrievable hours lavished on so much rebarbative critical prose, convinced that the nearly impenetrable must be profound. Michael Dirda, Washington Post
Origin of rebarbative
1890-1895
Rebarbative comes from French rébarbatif, "stern, surly, grim, forbidding," from Middle French rebarber, "to be repellent," from re- (from the Latin) + barbe, "beard" (from Latin barba).