What is the opposite of soften?

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Opposite of to make or become physically soft or softer
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Opposite of to make or become less harsh or severe
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Opposite of to cause to become physically weaker
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Opposite of to decrease in strength or intensity
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Opposite of to render less intense, severe or lively
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Opposite of to represent or estimate at less than the true value or importance
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Opposite of to soften the effect of an impact on
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Opposite of to make, or attempt to make, something seem less important
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Opposite of to weaken or lose strength, or to cause this
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Opposite of to soften or be softened, especially by soaking
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Opposite of to make softer or less intense
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Opposite of to present or portray as less important or consequential
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Opposite of to make a strong, lasting, or favorable impression on
“It takes a cold-hearted person to be unaffected by that tragic story.”
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Opposite of to crush into a soft, wet, shapeless, and pulpy mass
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Opposite of to make human or humane
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Opposite of to become (more) pale or white in color or complexion
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Opposite of free from frost
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Opposite of to present or portray as less important or consequential
“Virgoans, even when suffering from a minor illness, tend to exaggerate their troubles.”
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Opposite of to yield or lose one's resolve
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Opposite of to eat (something) steadily and often audibly
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Opposite of to incorporate, or become incorporated, into a liquid
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Opposite of to remove or loosen restrictions on
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Opposite of to keep under control, especially something that is increasing in intensity or extremity
“He is the latest candidate to unleash his anger with raw and emotional language.”
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Opposite of to make, or become, less taut
“He felt Roger tighten his grip on him and looked down at his brother.”
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