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-ā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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