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What is the opposite of soothing?

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Adjective
Opposite of having a gently calming effect
Adjective
Opposite of mild or gentle in effect or degree
Adjective
Opposite of having a peaceful aspect
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 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 intended to make someone less angry or hostile
Adjective
Opposite of serving to alleviate a person's feelings of grief or distress
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Adjective
Opposite of causing, or tending to cause, sleep or sleepiness
Adjective
Opposite of acting or tending to diminish or avoid conflict or hostility
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 comfortable and cozy, as a home would be
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 state of experiencing relief, typically from something intense or severe
Noun
Opposite of the action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent
Noun
Opposite of the action of bringing peace and harmony
Noun
Opposite of the comfort received by a person, typically after a loss or disappointment
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.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to calm or lull one who is distraught, emotional or excited
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to provide assuagement or palliation to the pain or suffering of
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to relieve the distress or suffering of
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