What is the opposite of gentle?

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Adjective
Opposite of having a considerate or kindly disposition
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“He was a rough man who was prone to obscenities and bad behavior.”
Adjective
Opposite of delicate or soothing in effect or degree
“He heard the coarse and agitated voice of his angry mother calling out to him.”
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(of a slope) Opposite of gradual, not steep
“He found it difficult to ride his bike up the steep slope.”
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Opposite of low in volume
“She was a boisterous person who spoke with a loud tone of voice.”
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(of an animal) Opposite of tame or domesticated
“The wild dog was untamed and a danger to children.”
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(archaic, of a person) Opposite of having the characteristics attributed to noble birth
“My guests were plebeian folk with an unrefined etiquette.”
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(of climate or weather) Opposite of not aggressive or violent in nature
“A powerful storm is brewing.”
Adjective
Opposite of kind or lenient, often to excess
“His parents were strict disciplinarians who often had unrealistic expectations.”
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Opposite of characterized by obedience, subservience, or readiness to accept instruction or direction
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Opposite of having a gentle, mild or patient nature or character
Adjective
(of words or language) Opposite of soothing and not harsh or angry
“They might be saying little in public but under the cloak of anonymity, plenty of harsh words are being uttered.”
Adjective
Opposite of having an easygoing and pleasing manner, especially in social situations
“Ryan is so rude, and would often make disrespectful gesticulations when provoked.”
Adjective
Opposite of able to deal with people in a sensitive manner
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Opposite of not easily upset or excited
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Opposite of not objectionable or harmful in nature
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Opposite of easygoing in temperament
“Gabriel did not need a weapon to appear intimidating as his size and unapproachable demeanor accomplished that well enough.”
Adjective
Opposite of of or pertaining to a maiden
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Opposite of acting or done at leisure
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Opposite of serving to alleviate a person's feelings of grief or distress
Adjective
(of a mixture or effect) Opposite of delicately complex and understated
“His tragic past is having an obvious impact on his mental health.”
Adjective
Opposite of laid-back and relaxed in nature
“The frenetic action and strategic nuances of this sport make it exhilarating, yet fascinating.”
Adjective
Humble in position or status
Adjective
Opposite of polite, elegant, and sophisticated in manner
Adjective
Opposite of free from strife or disturbance
“Margaret was relieved to be home after a busy day at the office.”
Verb
Opposite of to make or become gentle
“She was a gentle woman but she would uncharacteristically sharpen her tone around her husband.”
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Opposite of to touch with the intention of having a calming effect
“The last thing a trainer should do is to strike their horse.”
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Opposite of to assuage the agitation or anger of (someone)
“His wife was irate with him and he would aggravate her further by not buying her a present.”
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Opposite of to touch or stroke gently or lovingly
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Opposite of to tame (an animal) and keep it as a pet or on a farm
Noun
(archaic) Opposite of a person of high birth
“A commoner merits the same kindness and respect as one would accord to a gentle.”
Noun
Opposite of one of the aristocracy, nobility, or people of rank in a community
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