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What is the opposite of banter?

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Noun
Opposite of the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks
Noun
Opposite of the quality, fact or aspect of being amusing or funny
Noun
Opposite of light-hearted joking, teasing, or banter
Noun
Opposite of conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies
Noun
Opposite of the expression and exchange of individual ideas through talking with other people
“We were at a loss for words, and there was nothing but silence.”
Noun
Opposite of the state or quality of being ludicrous
Verb
Opposite of exchange remarks in a good-humoured teasing way
Verb
Opposite of to mock or annoy someone
Verb
Opposite of to subject to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior
“This week, it is an honor to be able to praise someone who really deserves it.”
Verb
Opposite of to talk humorously or flippantly (about something or someone)
“If it is difficult to speak earnestly of personal matters, to speak earnestly about public matters seems perverse.”
Verb
(colloquial) Opposite of to poke fun at or make fun of
“She would sometimes flatter her husband lightheartedly over his good looks.”
Verb
Opposite of to encourage or persuade, typically using flattery or promises
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