What is the opposite of soothing?

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Adjective
Opposite of having a gently calming effect
Adjective
Opposite of mild or soothing in effect or degree
Adjective
(of a place, period of time, or situation) Opposite of without disturbance, activity or excitement
“New York is a lively city that never sleeps.”
Adjective
Opposite of conducive to relaxation
Adjective
Opposite of melodiously or musically soft and sweet
Adjective
Opposite of relaxed or leisurely
“We went away for a quick holiday but the kids made it rather stressful.”
Adjective
(of climate or weather) Opposite of not aggressive or violent in nature
“A powerful storm is brewing.”
Adjective
Opposite of promoting calm or inducing sleep
Adjective
Opposite of having a peaceful aspect
Adjective
Opposite of serving to alleviate a person's feelings of grief or distress
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Opposite of causing sleepiness or having a sedative effect
“The stimulant effects of caffeine in coffee are well known to help improve energy and alertness.”
Adjective
Opposite of recuperative or having the essence of healing
“Drinking a whole bottle of wine last night is having a deleterious effect on my faculties this morning.”
Adjective
Opposite of willing to conciliate, or to make concessions
Adjective
Opposite of comfortable and cozy, as a home would be
Adjective
Opposite of giving someone support or confidence
“Mike's not pleased with the idea, but doesn't want to seem unsupportive.”
Adjective
Opposite of the pleasantness of warm and sunny weather
“We had to cancel our date at the beach due to overcast weather.”
Noun
Opposite of the action or process of appeasing
Noun
Opposite of reduction of, or freedom, from pain
“In patients with contained herniation, exacerbation of pain may be due to an increase in intradiscal pressure.”
Noun
Opposite of the action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent
Noun
Opposite of relief from pain, distress or suffering
“The hot coffee caused Kramer a great deal of pain when he spilled it on himself.”
Noun
Opposite of the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to provide comfort or assuagement to
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to provide assuagement or palliation to
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to relieve the distress or suffering of
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