What is the opposite of soften?

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Opposite of make or become less severe
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Opposite of to diminish the physical strength of
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Opposite of to make something soft or softer
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Opposite of soften the effect of an impact on
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Opposite of to reduce or weaken in strength or feeling
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Opposite of to soften or be softened by soaking
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Opposite of to make or become liquefied by heat
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Opposite of to arouse affection, pity, or compassion in
“It takes a cold-hearted person to be unaffected by that tragic story.”
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Opposite of become less intense, violent, or severe
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Opposite of to cause to become a pulpy mass
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Opposite of to make human or humane
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Opposite of to become mature
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Opposite of to make feeble
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Opposite of free from frost
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Opposite of to make liberal, free
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Opposite of to become or cause to become liquid
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Opposite of to punish (in order to bring about improvement in behavior, attitude, etc)
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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 make dark, dim, or indistinct
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Opposite of to persuade someone to do something which they are reluctant to do, especially by flattery or promises
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Opposite of charm someone with flattery
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Opposite of to present or portray as less important or consequential
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Opposite of pretend as if something were unimportant
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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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