What is the opposite of soft?

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Opposite for physically easy to manipulate
“They are clumsy to place, burdensome to carry, and unpliable to the chafing point.”
(of a walking surface) Opposite for physically giving way easily when pressure is applied
“His consciousness started to wane when he fell and hit his head on the stony surface.”
Opposite for having a state that changes form and back to its original easily
“The firm cushion has some practical uses, but it is at the expense of comfort.”
(of a material or fabric) Opposite for 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.”
Opposite for not aggressive or violent in nature
“A powerful storm is brewing.”
Opposite for expressing subtlety of a particular quality as opposed to intense
“The others were ready to go, standing slowly and squinting against the intense light.”
(of colours) Opposite for having a restrained or non-vibrant quality
“The forest was warm as summer and abloom with an abundance of colorful flowers.”
(of a voice or sound) Opposite for quiet and gentle to the ears
“We had to put up with loud noises and constant interference from the neighbors.”
Opposite for not defined; blurry
“He was a painter that specialized in still-life images that were clear and defined.”
(of words or language) Opposite for expressing conciliation, or gentleness
“They might be saying little in public but under the cloak of anonymity, plenty of harsh words are being uttered.”
Opposite for kind or lenient, often to excess
“His parents were strict disciplinarians who often had unrealistic expectations.”
Opposite for requiring or involving very little or no effort
“It was a difficult task because of the depth of the minefields.”
(colloquial) Opposite for physically weak
“I would love to play a strong and heroic character again if given another chance.”
(colloquial) Opposite for lacking determination or willpower; showing wimpiness or meekness; displaying signs of weakness
“He also stressed the importance of tackling corruption in a determined manner, as it is a threat to democracy.”
(colloquial) Opposite for showing lack of courage or timidness; cowardly
“Obviously, I haven't been brave enough to broach this topic amongst our friends for fear of an outcry.”
(of a person's state of mind) Opposite for 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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