What is the opposite of bully?

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Noun
Opposite of a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable
“Marcus promised his mother that he would be his brother's protector throughout his school life.”
Noun
Opposite of a rough and violent person
“Hugh reflected on his years in school as a self-described wimp who had to endure the occasional bullying.”
Noun
Opposite of someone who oppresses another or others
Noun
Opposite of someone with intimidating mannerisms, typically violent and rough
Noun
Opposite of an inhumanly cruel or wicked person
“Different people brought out different sides of him, and he was known to be an angel to those he liked and a devil to those he despised.”
Noun
Opposite of a cruel and oppressive ruler
Noun
Opposite of a strict disciplinarian
Verb
Opposite of to inflict, or threaten to inflict, physical or emotional harm to
“Jonas then tells Isla that, moving forward, he would protect her from Jacob and the other bullies.”
Verb
Opposite of to coerce into doing something using intimidatory tactics
“The overall goal of disaster response sheltering is to encourage people to evacuate in order to prevent loss of human life.”
Verb
Opposite of to persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats
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Opposite of to intimidate, especially by daunting the spirits or courage of
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Opposite of to rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly
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Opposite of to intimidate, subdue, or control by awe
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Opposite of to treat someone badly, cruelly or unkindly
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Opposite of to demand earnestly or pressingly
“The doctor would deter my efforts to pursue a sporting profession due to how prone I am to injury.”
Verb
Opposite of to bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way
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Opposite of to treat badly, cruelly, or violently
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Opposite of to act in a bossy manner toward (another person), ordering them to do things, whether or not one is actually their superior
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Opposite of to have power and influence over
“After three straight weeks with poor performances, the young gun continues to struggle at the elite level of the sport.”
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Opposite of to overawe someone, especially with words or facts they may not fully comprehend
“In attempting to elucidate the significance of this paradox, I want to proceed carefully.”
Verb
Opposite of to obtain money or favors by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of authority
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Opposite of to behave as if one is in control of
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Opposite of talk in a loud, aggressive, or indignant way with little effect
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Opposite of to show elation or triumph
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Opposite of harp on at
Adjective
(US, slang) Opposite of the best of its kind or class
“In hindsight, it was a terrible decision to bring Ed back on the ground when he was nursing a bruised knee.”
Adjective
Opposite of bearing good value, worth or reliability
“I will tell you in good faith, Sir, that this is a worthless investment, and your money is better spent elsewhere.”
Adjective
Opposite of deserving of the highest esteem or admiration
“This story is sordid and shameful, and everyone who was involved in producing it should be ashamed of themselves.”
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