What is the opposite of relief?

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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.”
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Opposite of the alleviation of pain, discomfort, or distress
“I suddenly develop an acute exacerbation of pain and then collapse onto the floor.”
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Opposite of financial or practical assistance given to those in special need or difficulty
“I felt that the Federal Government ought not to put a further handicap on the borrowing of money by municipalities.”
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Opposite of the act of releasing (someone) from their current state
“Pastor, I wondered if you had decided that his recruitment was dependent on his being required for the Omega mission.”
Noun
Opposite of something interesting or enjoyable that provides a short respite from a tense or tedious situation
“Ann's husband was never willing to confront the moment when seriousness should hold sway.”
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Opposite of something that is given as charity, especially a sum of money
Noun
Opposite of someone or something that replaces or provides support to another
“He was a regular in his first season, but an amazing drop in form saw him play as a reserve in the following three seasons before he retired.”
Noun
Opposite of an instance of kind, or charitable, behavior
“It would be such a disservice to raise him in an environment for which he would be unprepared to enjoy and appreciate.”
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Opposite of practical, moral or emotional help or support given
“Though Dean was the only one of eight children in his family who wanted to continue with farming, he got nothing but discouragement from his parents.”
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Opposite of the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment
Noun
Opposite of the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need
Noun
Opposite of the removal of stress or discomfort
“I always felt guilty for burdening him with my past, and he didn't need any more stress in his life.”
Noun
Opposite of a person or thing acting or serving in place of another
Noun
Opposite of a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
Noun
Opposite of comfort or consolation in a time of great distress or sadness
Noun
Opposite of freedom from a responsibility
Noun
Opposite of someone or something replaces another, sometimes temporarily
Noun
Opposite of action given to provide assistance
“The harm he would regularly inflict on his elderly neighbor was noticed by others.”
Noun
Opposite of an instance or period of resting
“The pain was so severe that I was not able to engage in any activity for a while.”
Noun
Opposite of a person who is appointed to undertake the duties of a superior in the superior's absence
Noun
Opposite of activity done for enjoyment when one is not working
Noun
Opposite of someone or something replaces another, sometimes temporarily
Noun
Opposite of assistance provided
“The drought is becoming a hindrance in our efforts to quell the fires in the northern part of the state.”
Noun
Opposite of relief or happiness
“Having to go back to work on Monday was a source of great discomfort to him after a relaxing weekend.”
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Opposite of help in doing something
Noun
Opposite of relief from pain, distress or suffering
“The hot coffee caused Kramer a great deal of pain when he spilled it on himself.”
Noun
Opposite of the ability to cope with difficult situations, or unusual problems
Noun
Opposite of the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions
Noun
Opposite of the action or process of releasing or being released
“Under our system of criminal law, a person accused of a crime must bear the consequences of arrest and incarceration until trial.”
Noun
Opposite of the action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent
Noun
Opposite of the act of providing someone in need of assistance with aid
“The doctor misdiagnosed his injury due to medical negligence.”
Noun
Opposite of an act freeing someone from a responsibility or obligation
“Accounts written by other mariners shipwrecked along the same coast chronicled their brutal enslavement at the hands of ruthless desert nomads.”
Noun
Opposite of a form of temporary distraction
“In its early years, radio was still a personal medium that was listened to alone with the headphones on, allowing for the immersion of oneself in another world.”
Noun
Opposite of benefit paid by the state to the unemployed
Noun
Opposite of fulfillment of one's wishes, expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this
“Urquhart warmly expressed his displeasure over the slow progress of the siege.”
Noun
Opposite of freedom from disturbance
“The busy city was a hive of activity.”
Noun
Opposite of a pause
Noun
Opposite of the safety from imminent danger provided by a place or location
“Mr. Moto, the famous Asian detective, faces danger at every turn as he tracks diamond smugglers into Puerto Rico.”
Noun
Opposite of help or aid
“The elderly man felt nothing but indifference from the passersby as he lay on the ground in pain.”
Adjective
Opposite of serving as a support or backup for a given position or role
“The sequel has a first-person narrator, but, unlike the previous book, he is the main protagonist in the story.”
Adjective
Opposite of something kept in reserve as a spare or backup
Adjective
Opposite of a person, especially a schoolteacher, acting as a temporary substitute for another
“Without the aide's dedicated assistance, the main teacher may become overstrained and exhausted, resulting in diminished efficiency.”
Adjective
Opposite of acting as a substitute or surrogate for another
Adjective
Opposite of pleasant and satisfactory
“The layout of the apartment was bad, and the kitchen was too small.”
Adjective
Opposite of presenting a choice between two or more possibilities
“They sent Roeh to David, who offered him the only option of helping them to get out of his tight spot.”
Adjective
Opposite of with raised letters or images on the surface
“The weekend bag also arrives ready to go with a debossed leather luggage tag.”
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