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What is the opposite of joshing?

The verb josh typically refers to the act of joking or engaging in good-natured teasing or banter.

There are no categorical antonyms for this word. However, one could loosely use verbs describing a solemn or serious mode of address as antonyms, e.g., pronounce, proclaim, etc.

Opposite of humorous or flippant in nature
Opposite of funny and clever
Opposite of intended to provoke or make fun of someone in a playful way
Opposite of amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic
Opposite of having a merry or cheerful nature or atmosphere
“For those homeless and beggars in the streets, life was even more miserable.”
Opposite of the subjection of someone or something to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior
“You will get nothing but praise for your book, and I shall be vilipended for mine.”
Opposite of conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies
Opposite of light-hearted joking, teasing, or banter
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