What is the opposite of soothe?

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Opposite of to provide comfort or assuagement to
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Opposite of to provide assuagement or palliation to
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Opposite of to relieve the distress or suffering of
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Opposite of to restrain or to keep in check
Free yourself from the tyranny of emotional baggage, and you will be able to move on.”
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Opposite of to cause to become less sensitive or insensitive
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Opposite of to touch or stroke gently or lovingly
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Opposite of to treat someone medically, as a doctor would
“He did not intend to kill Val, only to merely injure him.”
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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 allay a situation that has escalated
“The police would no doubt argue that provocative goal celebrations could incite crowd trouble.”
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Opposite of to provide moral support
“His decision to dissociate himself from the controversial organization was met approvingly by the wider public.”
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Opposite of to persuade someone to do something
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Opposite of to be kind and indulgent to
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