Definition of rebarbative in English:

rebarbative

Line breaks: re|bar¦ba|tive
Pronunciation: /rɪˈbɑːbətɪv
 
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adjective

formal
  • Unattractive and objectionable: rebarbative modern buildings
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    • 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.

Origin

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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