What is the opposite of ease?

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Noun
Opposite of the absence of difficulty or effort
“It takes a certain amount of difficulty to bring out the best in the fruit of the vine.”
Noun
Opposite of the absence of embarrassment, constraint, discomfort or awkwardness
“Capturing beautifully the awkwardness that follows a first intimate encounter, the scene evolves into a roller coaster of emotion.”
Noun
Opposite of freedom from worries or problems
“Not that the life of the monk is meant to be miserable but it is nevertheless a life of hardship and deprivation in which one must find his peace.”
Noun
Opposite of reduction of, or freedom, from pain
“In patients with contained herniation, exacerbation of pain may be due to an increase in intradiscal pressure.”
Noun
Opposite of the alleviation of a disease's symptoms without a cure
Noun
Opposite of the state or feeling of being calm and in control of oneself
Noun
Opposite of relaxed or open friendliness or intimacy between people
Noun
Opposite of a state of happiness and satisfaction
Noun
Opposite of an instance or period of rest or relaxation
“The pain was so severe that I was not able to engage in any activity for a while.”
Noun
(usually "light relief") Opposite of a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress
“I have become somewhat delicate because of so much concern over my health in recent years.”
Noun
Opposite of comfort, ease or enjoyment that has been provided or facilitated by something
Noun
Opposite of one's own self-interest
“The King was warned not to proceed with war, but he ignored the advice to his detriment.”
Noun
Opposite of openness or familiarity in speech or behavior
“I was nervous, and I spoke to the president with a reservation that reflected my uneasiness.”
Noun
Opposite of characterized by self-confidence, calmness and composure
Noun
Opposite of the ability to express oneself easily and articulately
Noun
Opposite of mental or emotional stability
“Questions about his fitness were put to bed after a dominant performance on the field.”
Verb
Opposite of to make more bearable
“Working in Carnaby Street would exacerbate my ire because it attracts all sorts of feckless tourists.”
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Opposite of to reduce in intensity
“There is no cure for a food allergy and, once your body reacts, you will intensify the reaction each time you ingest the nasty substance.”
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Opposite of to free from anxiety or worry
“There might still be consequences and she didn't want anything to happen that would stress her grandmother.”
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Opposite of to become less serious or severe
“Sysco stood there with both of his hands in tight fists, and his teeth clenched as anger started to escalate inside of him.”
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Opposite of to facilitate or reduce the difficulty of
“It makes sense because you the immortal being are good and you will hinder your own growth when doing harm.”
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Opposite of to move (something or oneself) slowly and carefully
“The second wall of rock doesn't quite meet the one I have been sliding along, so I force myself into the narrowing gap, totally sightless.”
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Opposite of to loosen or slacken the tension of
“Various methods were tried in the early days to tauten and strengthen the fabric.”
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Opposite of to decrease in strength or intensity
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Opposite of to hasten or facilitate the progress of
“They deliberately complicate matters in order to break the spirit of their customers who have the nerve to complain.”
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Opposite of to move (something or oneself) slowly and carefully
“Immediately on the first musket being fired, the affrighted group would rush towards the edge of the ice and nearly overturn the whole of our party.”
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Opposite of to clear or disappear (gradually), especially of something undesirable
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Opposite of to make (a rough surface) smooth
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Opposite of to push, fold, or turn (the edges or ends of something, especially a garment or bedclothes) so as to hide or secure them
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Opposite of to advance in a coy, furtive, or unobtrusive manner
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