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What is the opposite of bully?

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Noun
Opposite of a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable
“Marcus promised his mother that he would be his brother's protector throughout his school life.”
Noun
Opposite of a rough and violent person
“Hugh reflected on his years in school as a self-described wimp who had to endure the occasional bullying.”
Noun
Opposite of an unkind, evil or unscrupulous person
Noun
Opposite of someone who oppresses another or others
Noun
Opposite of a strict, authoritarian disciplinarian or taskmaster
Noun
Opposite of someone with intimidating mannerisms, typically violent and rough
Verb
Opposite of to inflict, or threaten to inflict, physical or emotional harm to
“Jonas then tells Isla that, moving forward, he would protect her from Jacob and the other bullies.”
Verb
Opposite of to coerce into doing something using intimidatory tactics
“The overall goal of disaster response sheltering is to encourage people to evacuate in order to prevent loss of human life.”
Verb
Opposite of to persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats
Verb
Opposite of to intimidate, especially by daunting the spirits or courage of
Verb
Opposite of to rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly
Verb
Opposite of to continuously remind or complain to (someone) in an annoying way
Verb
Opposite of to treat badly, cruelly, or violently
Verb
Opposite of to intimidate, subdue, or control by awe
Verb
Opposite of to treat someone badly, cruelly or unkindly
Verb
Opposite of to bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way
“He used a combination of intimidation and hearsay evidence to browbeat the accused.”
Verb
Opposite of to behave in a domineering fashion over
Verb
Opposite of to intimidate
“Having him on board, at least for an interim period, would reassure customers and staff.”
Verb
Opposite of to persuade forcefully
“His fellow partners initially sought to dissuade him from retirement as they believed that such an action might lead to the loss of those audits held in his name.”
Verb
Opposite of to continuously remind or complain to (someone) in an annoying way
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Opposite of to have power and influence over
“After three straight weeks with poor performances, the young gun continues to struggle at the elite level of the sport.”
Verb
Opposite of to overawe someone, especially with words or facts they may not fully comprehend
“In attempting to elucidate the significance of this paradox, I want to proceed carefully.”
Verb
Opposite of to obtain money or favors by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of authority
Verb
Opposite of to behave as if one is in control of
Verb
Opposite of to obligate to do something
“I leaned away from him to deter him from doing anything drastic.”
Adjective
(US, slang) Opposite of the best of its kind or class
“In hindsight, it was a terrible decision to bring Ed back on the ground when he was nursing a bruised knee.”
Adjective
Opposite of very good in standard or quality
Adjective
Opposite of worthy of being lauded or respected
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