Antonyms of SOFTNESS

Examples of usage:

  1. But he is growing ashamed of the softness, I can see, and talks of 'fellows, ' and 'fielding, ' and 'runs, ' and 'wickets' in a way that shows me that my baby has put on the boy. "An Isle in the Water" by Katharine Tynan
  2. There was a softness and delicacy in his manner during the first moment of his appearance, which was probably intended to convince the younger of the ladies that he was not entirely without some claims to the title she had so recently denied him, and which was certainly not without its effect. "The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. Mrs. Orgreave's tone, with all its softness, was a command. "Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
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