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What is the opposite of soothe?

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Opposite of to calm or lull one who is distraught, emotional or excited
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Opposite of to provide assuagement or palliation to the pain or suffering of
Opposite of to relieve the distress or suffering of
Opposite of to touch or stroke gently or lovingly
Opposite of to cause to become less sensitive or insensitive
Opposite of to treat someone medically, as a doctor would
“He did not intend to kill Val, only to merely injure him.”
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.”
Opposite of to allay a situation that has escalated
“The police would no doubt argue that provocative goal celebrations could incite crowd trouble.”
Opposite of to provide moral support
“His decision to dissociate himself from the controversial organization was met approvingly by the wider public.”
Opposite of to persuade someone to do something
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