- It's just another bit of dreary left-wing ‘statement art’: morally rebarbative, aesthetically nugatory, interesting only as a symptom of cultural decay.
- 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.
- In the 11 years since Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceausescu and his rebarbative wife Elena were toppled, the popular uprisings in Eastern Europe have developed their own distinctive choreography.
Late 19th century: from French rébarbatif, -ive, from Old French se rebarber 'face each other “beard to beard” aggressively', from barbe 'beard'.
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