What is the opposite of tender?

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Adjective
Opposite of lacking bodily or structural strength
“It's a lightweight, luggable chassis that combines rugged good looks with robust construction.”
Adjective
Opposite of young or immature in age
“He went on to become a student at the University of Leipzig, where he earned a doctoral degree at the mature age of 23.”
Adjective
Opposite of inexperienced or vulnerable, typically due to one's youth
“People said he was an educated man and that he had traveled all over the world.”
Adjective
Opposite of gentle, kind or affectionate in manner or behavior
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“Treating people like pawns and playthings in your own private emotional board game is cruel and callous.”
Adjective
Opposite of showing gentleness, kindness, and affection
“Your cold and heartless actions, lack of love and compassion, caused the destruction of a perfectly good family.”
Adjective
Opposite of provoking strong emotions
“What we have is a rational and somewhat unemotional story about retributive punishment.”
Adjective
Opposite of suggestive of lustful or amorous intentions
“Although inspired by love, it was an utterly unsensual dream.”
Adjective
Opposite of not harsh in nature or effect
“Lena grudgingly accepted my observation that her harsh parenting style was having a deleterious effect on Aaron's functioning and their relationship.”
Adjective
Opposite of painful when touched
“After about 24 hours, gangrene had set in, and the swelling became cold and painless to the touch.”
Adjective
Opposite of requiring tact or careful handling
“While all this might seem sensible and uncontroversial, the problem is the motivation behind it.”
Adjective
(of food) Opposite of easy to chew
“The beef was so leathery that I abandoned it as soon as the spicy duck arrived.”
Adjective
Opposite of willing to assist or give aid
“She was as unobliging as they come, refusing to get up for an elderly woman standing tired on her old legs.”
Adjective
Opposite of feeling, or causing, (typically slight or stinging) pain
Adjective
(of words or language) Opposite of soothing and not harsh or angry
“They might be saying little in public but under the cloak of anonymity, plenty of harsh words are being uttered.”
Adjective
Opposite of gentle and not easily provoked
Adjective
Opposite of relaxed or leisurely
“We went away for a quick holiday but the kids made it rather stressful.”
Adjective
Opposite of excessively sentimental
Adjective
Opposite of arousing feelings of sympathy or gratitude
Adjective
Opposite of conducive to or characterized by the expression of love or affection
“After a dinner of slimy, lukewarm ramen noodles, they spent an unromantic night shivering on the lumpy ground in a flimsy tent surrounded by animal noises.”
Adjective
(of a wound) Opposite of sore or painful, typically from being freshly inflicted
“On some Triceratops fossils, both on the face and on the frill, there are healed puncture wounds.”
Adjective
Opposite of having a sociable and likable personality
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“Joe was an unsociable and obnoxious little boy who antagonized everyone around him.”
Adjective
Opposite of serving to alleviate a person's feelings of grief or distress
Adjective
Opposite of feeling or expressing great anger
Adjective
Opposite of having reached maturity
Verb
Opposite of to put forward for consideration or acceptance
“Gareth would jeer and tell her cousins that she was a little ninny, and the librarian might withdraw her offer to let Hetty use the Reading Room.”
Verb
Opposite of to bring forward into existence or to introduce
“I question the validity of Superman's ability to conceal his identity solely behind a pair of glasses.”
Verb
Opposite of to put forward for consideration or acceptance
Verb
Opposite of to give or award something to someone, especially publicly or formally
Verb
Opposite of to yield or produce as a result of an investment of money, time or effort
“For the simple case of a competitive market, it would appear that producers might well lose profits from increased metering.”
Adverb
Opposite of in a tender or affectionate way
“If they sense that I will judge them harshly, they will stop being honest with me.”
Noun
(slang) Opposite of money or cash
Noun
(bills) Opposite of money or cash
Noun
Opposite of a plan or suggestion, especially a formal or written one, put forward for consideration by others
Noun
Opposite of money, especially in the form of small beads made from polished shells
Noun
Opposite of money in coins or notes, as distinct from cheques, money orders, or credit
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