What is the opposite of soft?

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Opposite of not hard or firm to touch
“The firm cushion has some practical uses, but it is at the expense of comfort.”
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Opposite of physically easy to mold or manipulate
“Unfortunately, the use of a very inflexible material such as fiberglass has many limitations.”
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(of a material or fabric) Opposite of having a smooth texture that is gentle to the sense of touch
“After receiving a vision, he abandoned his wealth, and traveled around in a rough garment to preach repentance.”
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(of a walking surface) Opposite of dank, muddy, and full of water
“His consciousness started to wane when he fell and hit his head on the rocky surface.”
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(of climate or weather) Opposite of not aggressive or violent in nature
“A powerful storm is brewing.”
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Opposite of expressing subtlety of a particular quality as opposed to intense
“The others were ready to go, standing slowly and squinting against the intense light.”
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(of colours) Opposite of having a restrained or non-vibrant quality
“The forest was warm as summer and abloom with an abundance of colorful flowers.”
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(of a voice or sound) Opposite of quiet and gentle to the ears
“We had to put up with loud noises and constant interference from the neighbors.”
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(of a visual or image) Opposite of blurry and not defined
“He was a painter that specialized in still-life images that were clear and defined.”
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(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.”
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Opposite of kind or lenient, often to excess
“His parents were strict disciplinarians who often had unrealistic expectations.”
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Opposite of requiring or involving very little or no effort
“It was a difficult task because of the depth of the minefields.”
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(colloquial) Opposite of physically weak
“I would love to play a strong and heroic character again if given another chance.”
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(colloquial) Opposite of weak in character, lacking determination or willpower
“He also stressed the importance of tackling corruption in a determined manner, as it is a threat to democracy.”
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(colloquial) Opposite of timid, or showing a lack of courage
“Obviously, I haven't been brave enough to broach this topic amongst our friends for fear of an outcry.”
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(of a person's state of mind) Opposite of foolish, silly or simple-minded
“We have had a conversation about his transgressions and he has assured me that he is sensible enough to not repeat his mistakes again.”
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Opposite of not showy or lively
“The French composer Charles Gounod's bicentenary has been a lively affair so far.”
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Opposite of melodiously or musically soft and sweet
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Opposite of gentle and not easily provoked
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Opposite of having an easygoing and pleasing manner, especially in social situations
“Ryan is so rude, and would often make disrespectful gesticulations when provoked.”
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Opposite of not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful
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Opposite of in a state of comfort and relaxation
“They all saw Dawn as their sworn enemy, which made for an uncomfortable weekend away for me because I was now seen as a traitor.”
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Opposite of resembling or covered in fleece
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Opposite of providing a feeling of ease or relaxation
“The entire notion laying in hospital terrifies me, which is why I find this bed uncomfortable.”
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(of a mixture or effect) Opposite of delicately complex and understated
“His tragic past is having an obvious impact on his mental health.”
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Opposite of having a caring or kindly nature
“He felt that she was selfish and thoughtless because she thought she had the right to do whatever she wanted, even if it meant hurting others.”
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Opposite of light or faded in color or shade
“I walked into a room where the walls were stained with dark colors like crimson and ebony.”
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(derogatory) Opposite of having qualities or an appearance traditionally associated with being unmasculine
“Her character, Havers, is drab and unfeminine, a misfit on the force, but the police she met were quite different.”
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Opposite of overly sentimental, emotional, maudlin or bathetic
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Opposite of quiet, and ready to do what other people say
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Opposite of exhibiting behavior or mannerisms considered unmasculine
“His presence and air had the appearance of frankness, ingenuousness, and manly confidence.”
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Opposite of not clearly or fully audible
“His diction is amazingly clear and even when he sings, every word is audible.”
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