What is the opposite of soothe?

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Opposite of to free from distress or disturbance
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Opposite of to make more bearable or less severe
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Opposite of to ease the grief or distress 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 calm down
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Opposite of feel or express sympathy
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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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(euphemistic) Opposite of to have intimate relations with someone
“Our feelings have faded, we are further apart than ever and we avoid each other regularly.”
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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 fondle, kid, pet, tease
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Opposite of to be kind and indulgent to
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