Antonyms of adj soft

19 senses of soft

Sense 1
soft (vs. hard) -- (yielding readily to pressure or weight)

hard (vs. soft) -- (resisting weight or pressure)
        => adamantine -- (having the hardness of a diamond)
        => al dente -- (of pasta cooked so as to be firm when eaten)
        => corneous, hornlike, horny -- (made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn))
        => tumid, erect -- (of sexual organs; stiff and rigid)
        => firm, solid -- (not soft or yielding to pressure; "a firm mattress"; "the snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground")
        => granitic, granitelike, rocklike, stony -- (hard as granite; "a granitic fist")
        => hardened, set -- (converted to solid form (as concrete))
        => woody -- (made hard like wood as the result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls)
        => petrous, stonelike -- ((of bone especially the temporal bone) resembling stone in hardness)
        => semihard -- (somewhat hard)
        => steely -- (resembling steel in hardness)
        => unyielding -- (resistant to physical force or pressure; "an unyielding head support")

Sense 2
soft (vs. hard) -- (compassionate and kind; conciliatory; "he was soft on his children")

hard (vs. soft) -- (dispassionate; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer";)
        => calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd -- (used of persons; "the most calculating and selfish men in the community")
        => case-hardened, hardened, hard-boiled -- (used of persons; emotionally hardened; "faced a case-hardened judge")
        => steely -- (resembling steel as in hardness; "steely eyes"; "steely nerves like those of a steeplejack")

Sense 3
soft (vs. loud) -- ((of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music")

loud (vs. soft) -- (characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity; "a group of loud children"; "loud thunder"; "her voice was too loud"; "loud trombones")
        => big -- (loud and firm; "a big voice"; "big bold piano sounds")
        => blaring, blasting -- (unpleasantly loud and penetrating; "the blaring noise of trumpets"; "shut our ears against the blasting music from his car radio")
        => clarion -- (loud and clear; "a clarion call")
        => deafening, earsplitting, thunderous, thundery -- (loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss)
        => earthshaking -- (loud enough to shake the very earth)
        => harsh-voiced -- (having an unusually harsh sound)
        => loud-mouthed -- (given to loud offensive talk)
        => loud-voiced -- (having an unusually loud voice)
        => shattering -- (seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering; "shattering rain striking the windowpanes"; "the shattering tones of the enormous carillon"; "the shattering peal of artillery")
        => shouted, yelled -- (in a vehement outcry; "his shouted words of encouragement could be heard over the crowd noises")
        => trumpet-like -- (resembling the sound of a trumpet)
        => vocal -- (full of the sound of voices; "a playground vocal with the shouts and laughter of children")

Sense 4
delicate, soft -- (easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin")

INDIRECT (VIA tender) -> tough, toughened -- (physically toughened; "the tough bottoms of his feet")

Sense 5
voiced (vs. unvoiced), sonant, soft -- (produced with vibration of the vocal cords; "a frequently voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";)


Sense 6
soft (vs. hardened) -- (not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons); "soft targets")

hardened (vs. soft) -- (protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons); "hardened missile silos")

Sense 7
piano (vs. forte), soft -- (used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition")


Sense 8
soft (vs. hard), diffuse, diffused -- ((of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected)

hard (vs. soft), concentrated -- ((of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source)

Sense 9
soft (vs. hard) -- ((of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh'))

hard (vs. soft) -- ((of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum; "Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants")
        => velar -- (produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate (as `k' in `cat' and `g' in `gun' and `ng' in `sing'))

Sense 10
soft -- ((of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value; "the market for computers is soft")

INDIRECT (VIA falling) -> rising -- (advancing or becoming higher or greater in degree or value or status; "a rising trend"; "a rising market")

Sense 11
soft -- (using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation; "soft data"; "the soft sciences")

INDIRECT (VIA qualitative) -> quantitative -- (expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement; "export wheat without quantitative limitations"; "quantitative analysis determines the amounts and proportions of the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture")

Sense 12
indulgent, lenient, soft -- (tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime")

INDIRECT (VIA permissive) -> unpermissive -- (not inclined to grant permission; severe in discipline)

Sense 13
gentle, soft -- (soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him")

INDIRECT (VIA mild) -> intense -- (possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense")

Sense 14
easy, gentle, soft -- (having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window")

INDIRECT (VIA light) -> heavy -- (of great intensity or power or force; "a heavy blow"; "the fighting was heavy"; "heavy seas")

Sense 15
soft, flabby, flaccid -- (out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance; "he was too soft for the army"; "flabby around the middle"; "flaccid cheeks")

INDIRECT (VIA unfit) -> fit -- (physically and mentally sound or healthy; "felt relaxed and fit after their holiday"; "keeps fit with diet and exercise")

Sense 16
soft -- (willing to negotiate and compromise)

INDIRECT (VIA conciliatory) -> antagonistic -- (arousing animosity or hostility; "his antagonistic brusqueness"; "Europe was antagonistic to the Unites States")

Sense 17
cushy, soft, easygoing -- (not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; "what a cushy job!"; "the easygoing life of a parttime consultant"; "a soft job")

INDIRECT (VIA easy) -> difficult, hard -- (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?")

Sense 18
balmy, mild, soft -- (mild and pleasant; "balmy days and nights"; "the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth"; "a soft breeze")

INDIRECT (VIA clement) -> inclement -- ((of weather or climate) severe)

Sense 19
soft, subdued -- (not brilliant or glaring; "the moon cast soft shadows"; "soft pastel colors"; "subdued lighting")

INDIRECT (VIA dull) -> bright -- (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room")

Similarity of adj soft

19 senses of soft

Sense 1
soft (vs. hard) -- (yielding readily to pressure or weight)
       => brushed, fleecy, napped -- ((of fabrics) having soft nap produced by brushing; "a dress of brushed cotton"; "a fleecy lining"; "napped fabrics")
       => cheeselike -- (having the consistency of cheese)
       => compressible, squeezable -- (capable of being easily compressed)
       => cottony -- (resembling cotton; as soft as cotton)
       => cushioned, cushiony, padded -- (softened by the addition of cushions or padding)
       => demulcent, emollient, salving, softening -- (having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin)
       => downy, downlike, flossy, fluffy -- (like down or as soft as down)
       => flaccid -- (drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness; "a flaccid penis")
       => flocculent, woolly, wooly -- (having a fluffy character or appearance)
       => yielding -- (lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure; "a deep yielding layer of foam rubber")
       => mushy -- (having the consistency of mush)
       => overstuffed -- (upholstered thickly and deeply; "an overstuffed sofa")
       => softish, semisoft -- (somewhat soft)
       => spongy, squashy, squishy, spongelike -- (easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility; "spongy bread")
       => velvet, velvety -- (resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface)

Sense 2
soft (vs. hard) -- (compassionate and kind; conciliatory; "he was soft on his children")
       => mellow -- (having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience; "mellow wisdom"; "the peace of mellow age")
          Also See-> tender#1; warmhearted#1

Sense 3
soft (vs. loud) -- ((of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music")
       => dull, muffled, muted, softened -- (being or made softer or less loud or clear; "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets")
       => euphonious -- ((of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident; "her euphonious Southern speech")
       => gentle -- (quiet and soothing; "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne")
       => hushed, muted, subdued, quiet -- (in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand")
       => little, small -- ((of a voice) faint; "a little voice"; "a still small voice")
       => low, low-toned -- (very low in volume; "a low murmur"; "the low-toned murmur of the surf")
       => murmuring, susurrant, whispering -- (making a low continuous indistinct sound; "like murmuring waves"; "susurrant voices")
       => murmurous, rustling, soughing, susurrous -- (characterized by soft sounds; "a murmurous brook"; "a soughing wind in the pines"; "a slow sad susurrous rustle like the wind fingering the pines"- R.P.Warren)
       => soft-footed -- (sound of quiet gentle steps)
       => soft-spoken -- (having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh; "she was always soft-spoken")
          Also See-> quiet#2

Sense 4
delicate, soft -- (easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin")
       => tender (vs. tough), untoughened -- (physically untoughened; "tender feet")

Sense 5
voiced (vs. unvoiced), sonant, soft -- (produced with vibration of the vocal cords; "a frequently voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";)

Sense 6
soft (vs. hardened) -- (not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons); "soft targets")

Sense 7
piano (vs. forte), soft -- (used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition")
       => pianissimo -- (chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft)
       => pianissimo assai -- (chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft)

Sense 8
soft (vs. hard), diffuse, diffused -- ((of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected)

Sense 9
soft (vs. hard) -- ((of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh'))
       => fricative, continuant, sibilant, spirant, strident -- (of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then'))
       => palatal, palatalized, palatalised -- (produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin'))

Sense 10
soft -- ((of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value; "the market for computers is soft")
       => falling (vs. rising) -- (becoming lower or less in degree or value; "a falling market"; "falling incomes")

Sense 11
soft -- (using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation; "soft data"; "the soft sciences")
       => qualitative (vs. quantitative) -- (involving distinctions based on qualities; "qualitative change"; "qualitative data"; "qualitative analysis determines the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture")

Sense 12
indulgent, lenient, soft -- (tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime")
       => permissive (vs. unpermissive) -- (granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline; "direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive"; "permissive parents")

Sense 13
gentle, soft -- (soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him")
       => mild (vs. intense) -- (moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme; "a mild winter storm"; "a mild fever"; "fortunately the pain was mild"; "a mild rebuke"; "mild criticism")

Sense 14
easy, gentle, soft -- (having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window")
       => light (vs. heavy) -- (of little intensity or power or force; "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze")

Sense 15
soft, flabby, flaccid -- (out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance; "he was too soft for the army"; "flabby around the middle"; "flaccid cheeks")
       => unfit (vs. fit) -- (not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; "fat and very unfit"; "certified as unfit for army service"; "drunk and unfit for service")

Sense 16
soft -- (willing to negotiate and compromise)
       => conciliatory (vs. antagonistic), conciliative -- (intended to placate; "spoke in a conciliating tone"; "a conciliatory visit")

Sense 17
cushy, soft, easygoing -- (not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; "what a cushy job!"; "the easygoing life of a parttime consultant"; "a soft job")
       => easy (vs. difficult) -- (posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma")

Sense 18
balmy, mild, soft -- (mild and pleasant; "balmy days and nights"; "the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth"; "a soft breeze")
       => clement (vs. inclement) -- ((of weather or climate) physically mild; "clement weather")

Sense 19
soft, subdued -- (not brilliant or glaring; "the moon cast soft shadows"; "soft pastel colors"; "subdued lighting")
       => dull (vs. bright) -- (emitting or reflecting very little light; "a dull glow"; "dull silver badly in need of a polish"; "a dull sky")

Synonyms of adv soft

1 sense of soft

Sense 1
easy, soft -- (in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard))

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