What is the opposite of nurture?

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Opposite of to care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing
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Opposite of to help or encourage the growth or development of
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(a cause or venture) Opposite of support, advocate, or encourage
“Big crowds tend to impede my ability to hear myself think.”
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(with object) Opposite of to cause vegetation or plants to germinate and develop
“If you don't water the garden, you're going to kill everything that lives there.”
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Opposite of to strengthen or reaffirm in rank or position
“His latest traffic transgression would undermine his clean driving record.”
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Opposite of to nurture and care for (someone or something) as they grow
“She would never abandon her children regardless of the circumstances.”
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Opposite of to make a living for the benefit of others
“The deadbeat father was known to regularly neglect his family and children.”
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Opposite of to have someone over at one's home for a party or visit
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Opposite of to strengthen or support physically or mentally
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Opposite of to illuminate with light
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Opposite of to provide (someone) with an understanding, usually thought-provoking in nature
“His choice of words was incredibly perplexing and worked to confuse many of the journalists.”
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Opposite of to keep (something) going
“It is high time we abandon this silly practice of howling at the moon.”
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Opposite of to grow in intensity
“Zack's rage would subside after he realized that things weren't actually that bad.”
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Opposite of to be excessively fond of
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Opposite of make or become deep or deeper
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(attend to) Opposite of to look after
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Opposite of upbringing, education, and environment, contrasted with inborn characteristics
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Opposite of the provision of food
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Opposite of food, clothes, and other essentials for living
“Please don't bring any non-essentials, as our luggage is already bursting at the seams.”
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Opposite of the good manners regarded as characteristic of the aristocracy and conferred by heredity
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Opposite of something that promotes action or activity, especially in an official capacity
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