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-- in Indo-European roots).]
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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsAdj. 1. rebarbative - serving or tending to repel; "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful"; "I find his obsequiousness repellent"
unpleasant - not pleasant; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
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