Synonym of tense

Alternative for tense

tenses, tensed, tensing, tenser, tensest

Synonym: rigid, strained, taut, tight,

Antonym: flabby,

Adjective

Causing or characterized by anxiety and nervousness
edgy nervous anxious strained jittery jumpy restless uneasy uptight apprehensive fidgety overwrought stressed wired worried agitated on edge twitchy fretful nervy under pressure unrelaxed upset ill at ease antsy disturbed keyed up panicky strung out under a strain worked up aflutter atwitter dithery goosey het up highly strung hinky insecure on tenterhooks perturbed queasy queazy spooky squirrelly stressy troubled unquiet white-knuckled windy adrenalized overstrung pressured toey wrought up choked clutched concerned excited fluttery high-strung hung up hyper in a state in a state of agitation in a state of nerves moved moving on pins and needles overanxious restive shaky shot stressed out strung up unnerved wound up wreck a bundle of nerves beside oneself nervous wreck under stress white knuckled bundle of nerves in a tizzy shot to pieces up the wall distressed unsettled bothered fearful disquieted uncomfortable frightened discomposed scared excitable fraught alarmed hysterical neurotic flustered afraid skittish shaken disconcerted ruffled rattled in a flap distraught sensitive like a cat on a hot tin roof unstable spooked in a tizz all of a dither taut annoyed timid awkward dismayed shy self-conscious in a stew in a twitter in a sweat embarrassed impatient harassed having kittens touchy all of a lather irritable hesitant timorous vexed flurried hassled like a cat on hot bricks in a twit in a dither irritated emotional worried sick frantic uncertain fazed terrified all of a doodah discomfited temperamental distracted discombobulated unrestful brittle trembling unsure in a cold sweat volatile shook up shocked bricking oneself nerve-racking confused in suspense febrile irked creepy flighty hot and bothered shaking frazzled stiff skittery angsty bashful overexcited irascible unnerving spasmodic unsettling unglued nail-biting disquieting shrinking like a fish out of water inhibited retiring disturbing thrown distressful distressing oversensitive in a panic irrational agitating unsteady exasperated tormented hairy aroused worrisome trepidatious desperate easily upset hectic frenzied stressful quaking tired stilted fatigued overactive heated critical wrought-up diffident out of place nerve-wracking careworn hyperactive irresolute turbulent bugged constrained chippy solicitous peevish aghast doubtful manic drawn unpeaceful suspicious charged hysteric anguished phobic muddled paranoid discountenanced perplexed inconvenienced waiting with bated breath in a flat spin put out running scared careful drained with one's heart in one's mouth unnatural fevered startled gauche daunted shivery overtaxed overburdened blushing weak fretting wound-up harrowed quivering mousy wavering pinched stirred worked-up exhausted hurt feverish petrified hot under the collar inflammable snappy intimidated testy easily frightened easily agitated moody provoked affected grieved unconfident withdrawn fractious hyperexcitable angstful sad sheepish galled inflamed volcanic aggravated unhappy saddened affrighted horrified terrorized fidgeting fitful introverted unruly pusillanimous a wreck waiting for the axe to fall afeared frit disoriented harried hot-tempered beset riled quick-tempered terrorised horror-struck fixated scared stiff tortured plagued faint-hearted panic-stricken in a spin disappointed gutted beside yourself scared to death in turmoil all of a flutter angered lily-livered stressed-out in a funk angry frozen obsessed worried stiff blue in a blue funk have cold feet in pieces with one's stomach in knots with butterflies in one's stomach cut up fiddle-footed shaking in one's shoes broken up having cold feet infuriated difficult precarious tensed forced twittering fussy indecisive tentative flushed intense sapped aquiver dithering vacillating faltering frisky unreluctant curt highly-strung stimulated stoked jazzed hyped-up afire atingle hyperexcited disorientated swithering peeved narked scunnered exciting graceless feeling anxious prim caught up disorderly distrustful overstretched tetchy bewildered reserved stirred up flapping overemotional taxed animated roused strict conventional cautious zipped up hot juiced up unbalanced pumped-up nerves on edge strange lost crotchety prickly rigid in a lather shamefaced modest short-tempered crabbed captious bad-tempered querulous histrionic panic-struck chafed palpitant wrung ill-tempered scary discomforted wriggly compulsive obsessive emotive mannered artificial ill-at-ease aw-shucks squirmy teed off afflicted asea falling apart foreboding mistrustful concerning wiggly strung-up hag-ridden all nerves weak-kneed goose-bumpy nerveless spineless rabbity chickenhearted quivery unmanly old-fashioned anxiously waiting nervously awaiting fearfully anticipating apprehensively expecting on the defensive exacerbated puzzled displeased chagrined pained mortified pestered miffed active hurried transient wandering intermittent changeable itchy inconstant footloose roving sleepless nomadic bustling emotionally charged recalcitrant lacking social skills tongue-tied on the qui vive frayed pressurized pressurised refractory having stage fright biting nails having butterflies having a funny feeling angst-ridden out of countenance at fever pitch self-doubting unassertive self-effacing unhealthy abnormal defensive perverse ornery obstinate stubborn unyielding mercurial meek lacking confidence unforthcoming all wound up tearing one's hair out maladjusted unsure of yourself not self-assured lacking self-confidence passive passionate hasty thin-skinned conservative erratic aberrant deviant disordered offended fretted overloaded watchful champing at the bit dreading tossing and turning fiery tempestuous low vague Delphic unassured questioning unpoised shell-shocked hyperkinetic dangerous hypersensitive verklempt unzipped wounded stress-ridden on the rack a basket case sweating bullets basket case violent tooshie swivel-eyed hazardous in disorder amazed umbrageous hyper-sensitive touch and go up in the air hanging by thread on thin ice impulsive impetuous vehement rash intolerant fierce demonstrative reckless agitable galvanic enthusiastic overzealous uncontrolled susceptible quick alarmable freaked-out overwhelmed crazy high keyed-up fired-up hot-and-bothered weary strung-out worn unstrung spent come apart psyched out bummed out at sixes and sevens all torn up easily affected easily hurt easily offended throwing a wobbly having butterflies in the stomach cowardly perilous haggard rundown steamed up flipped out out of your mind short fused serious worrying ugly burned out worn out overworked cowering hot under collar all shook up cowed blowing hot and cold chicken delicate yellow feart stunned raddled at the end of your tether hot-headed apprehensive about intimidated by alarmed at terror-stricken in a fluster dicey unsafe combustible nasty iffy scared witless horror-stricken terror-struck in awe explosive withered gaunt unwell shaking like a leaf scared out of one's wits frightened out of one's wits touch-and-go knife-edge highly charged hollow-eyed hollow-cheeked worn-out

Adjective

Showing anger easily or customarily
bad-tempered angry fiery grumpy irascible irritable snarling sullen cranky cross petulant testy volatile fractious fretful grouchy peevish ratty spiteful surly tooshie touchy cantankerous choleric crabby huffy moody prickly querulous shirty snappy sulky bilious chippy crabbed curt disagreeable dyspeptic gruff impatient narky ornery oversensitive pettish sharp shrewish snappish splenetic crotchety crusty curmudgeonly eggy exasperated grumbling nasty peckish peppery soreheaded sour stroppy tetchy vicious acid annoyed atrabilious bearish edgy liverish miffy scratchy snaky snarly snippy waspish waxy zowerswopped ill-tempered out of humour perversely irritable hot-tempered having got out of bed the wrong side thin-skinned ill-humoured ill-natured quick-tempered short-tempered ill-humored in a mood short-fused bloody-minded cross-grained in a bad mood on a short fuse as cross as two sticks like a bear with a sore head having got out of bed on the wrong side uptight captious mean uneasy complaining sensitive miserable temperamental bitter resentful quarrelsome easily offended whining critical out of sorts perverse contrary carping caviling cavilling disgruntled bristly ireful brusque hotheaded discontented displeased hot-blooded morose hypersensitive ticklish toey dicey jumpy hazardous unsafe unpredictable highly strung perturbable worried overwrought uncomfortable distraught wired up wound up anxious stressed restive fidgety bundle of nerves unhappy worked up ill at ease upset wrought up distressed unsettled agitated abrupt piqued wreck rattled faultfinding overstrung unquiet twitchy restless nervous peeved vehement aggravated irritated impetuous terse indignant having short fuse unindulgent irked narked hot under collar het up fuming fierce in a temper raving psyched up cold angerful frenzied pugnacious wrathful hostile convulsed ferocious disapproving ranting wild cheerless discordant conflicting at odds glum huffish unsociable argumentative feisty whingy misanthropic cynical contentious truculent pouty harsh obstinate difficult pertinacious hypercritical snarky uncooperative churlish whiny crybaby acrimonious ungracious waspy grousing gloomy fault-finding on edge dissatisfied acrid trying out of temper dour snippety mardy nasty-tempered griping iracund pouting awkward out of humor mumpish hot under the collar growling malicious venomous fretting vinegary short whingeing childish foul-tempered tough out-of-sorts fussy brooding iracundulous raspy tart hasty malignant disputatious vindictive ugly sorehead saturnine sore passionate stuffy filthy obstreperous blunt cussed chuffy disharmonious malevolent unfriendly aggressive antagonistic vitriolic rancorous belligerent unkind bellicose combative confrontational inhospitable militant catty scrappy hateful virulent adversarial inimical unsympathetic malign hurtful uncongenial abusive warlike glowering mopey antipathetic frowning furious joyless unpleasant viperous violent vexed rude put out moping poisonous excitable negative cruel biting inconsiderate foul adverse wounding uncivil scowling sourpussed jaundiced malefic unmannerly dark unreceptive maleficent sulking hot-headed scathing threatening offended cutting irate envenomed mopish uncharitable barbed sarcastic agonistic emotional riled bad unwelcoming acerbic alien adversary unresponsive uncommunicative unpropitious intimidating embittered ill-disposed up in arms on the warpath mean-spirited evil-minded savage destructive uncontrollable loudmouthed pernicious censorious obnoxious rotten spunky acute choked defiant forceful wretched vile miffed offensive mighty assaultive arsey hurt stewed nettled angered provoked insulted fed up aloof snide dejected agitable broody impolite discourteous sharp-tongued withdrawn dismal depressed blue wounded neurotic kittle mopy skittish sharp-tempered evil-intentioned vengeful baleful hate-filled no-nonsense laconic taciturn rough bluff despiteful defamatory offhand caustic opposing unceremonious sardonic spleenful evil wicked dirty squint-eyed horrid derogatory derisory mordant in a huff down in the mouth having a fit of the sulks in a funk in the sulks in a strop high-strung dissenting off offish melodramatic tempestuous severe trenchant easily frightened easily upset easily agitated opposed oppositional boorish boisterous crude acerb hard battling hawkish warring accidentally on purpose resistant impulsive incensed mercurial intense stormy militaristic disputative rebellious gladiatorial warmongering acidulous dissident wrestling bloodthirsty tilting martial fighting skirmishing dramatic spoiling for a fight sabre-rattling ready to fight under arms corrosive abrasive smart-mouthed acidic mordacious smart-aleck smart-alecky scalding pungent satiric satirical unwilling adversative accusatorial oppugnant opposite reluctant oppugning shaken frantic infuriated steamed-up inflamed all shook up enraged hottempered allergic sharp-worded double-edged thoughtless galled livid apoplectic mad steamed steamed up crook vex ropeable hoha wroth aerated ticked off teed off not best pleased hopping mad bent out of shape foaming at the mouth hacked off in a lather in a paddy in a bate fit to be tied

Adjective

Striking in appearance or effect
dramatic exciting imposing startling striking thrilling impressive spectacular stunning electrifying staggering suspenseful breathtaking amazing astonishing astounding extraordinary fascinating gripping incredible lively outstanding riveting sensational awesome climactic dazzling exceptional graphic memorable phenomenal powerful remarkable vivid effective heady high-octane shock-horror stem-winding arresting bodacious bold brilliant commanding conspicuous emphatic intense noisy studied sudden awe-inspiring breath-taking eye-catching action-packed jaw-dropping rip-roaring hair-raising gee-whizz histrionic dramaturgical dramaturgic affecting farcical expressive melodramatic emotional histrionical comic the theatrical tragic theatric thespian prominent noticeable pronounced showy marked flamboyant splashy grabby catchy kenspeckle grand magnificent wondrous wonderful surprising marvellous splendid notable eye-popping marvelous beautiful majestic stirring mind-blowing stupendous out of this world amazeballs fabulous monumental unbelievable noteworthy glorious mind-boggling out of the ordinary salient captivating engaging shocking eye-opening tremendous prodigious distinctive moving resplendent luxurious overwhelming rare enthralling significant unusual distinguished absorbing stately momentous fantastic extravagant stimulating massive lurid miraculous terrific towering inspiring ostentatious strong sumptuous garish lavish confounding picturesque mind-bending attractive august obvious uncommon exhilarating superb manifest great signal compelling noble opulent stupefying forcible charming bewitching sensationalistic enchanting arrestive rousing heart-stopping sensationalist magnific spine-tingling fantastical sublime divine bright yellow splendorous tasteless engrossing interesting spellbinding ornate colourful entrancing distinct attention-grabbing flashy unmistakable colorful proud important loud gaudy intriguing mesmerizing observable pointed addictive unexpected evident vulgar dignified pretentious telling unforeseen transfixing involving screaming smashing singular flabbergasting blindsiding gorgeous dumbfounding dumfounding unputdownable imperial lofty definite unsettling jarring jolting unforgettable portly heroic grandiose solemn bizarre forceful mesmerising jazzy royal regal epic intoxicating profound palatial heroical formidable baronial Homeric considerable swanky unreal touching ominous exquisite excellent unique super devastating splendiferous primo sensorial heart-stirring something else far-out unimaginable special never to be forgotten portentous far out empyreal heavenly sightly fab wild splendent irresistible multicoloured multicolored hypnotic mesmeric exhibitionistic glittery decisive conclusive humbling resounding well marked plain admirable can't miss it exhilarative storming positive decided charged galvanic galvanizing fine electric transcendent thumping thundering statuesque venerable kicky galvanising prime penetrating awe-striking blinding elegant celestial colossal kingly clear-cut visible insane cool out of sight dreamy unmitigated surpassing perfect some panoramic drop-dead clear preposterous palatine queenly princely crazy perceptible appreciable pre-eminent strange like a dream come true invigorating unheard-of envigorating enlivening blissful fabled beguiling ethereal enlightening fairy-tale fairytale-like dream-filled magical dynamite cogent bad daring influential impassioned ridiculous first-class deep like wow swell hunky-dory groovy dandy first-rate delicious scandalous horrifying famous outlandish baffling befuddling pretty lovely pleasing flustering bewildering freaky freakish uncanny weighty highly impressive overdramatized solid awful unthinkable hard to swallow unnerving unannounced unanticipated beyond belief unheard of preeminent wicked brash exaggerated overripe explicit unrestrained appalling revealing unco world class zero cool gilt-edged flash scenic gee-whiz catchpenny alarming trashy kitschy cheap pulp full-frontal rubbishy overdone obtrusive pretty as a picture easy on the eye historic buzzworthy newsworthy over-elaborate kitsch affected glitzy fancy pompous OTT superfly ritzy fancy-pants compulsive piquant tabloid sultry coloured rough pungent excessive livid coarse X-rated colored tacky whiz-bang juicy disturbing disconcerting disquieting perturbing tinselly bling-bling dicty tawdry snazzy overwrought meretricious classy tony glaring swank tinsel dashing peacocky scary frightful frightening upsetting distracting immersing consuming over the top amusing preoccupying monopolizing entertaining diverting monopolising staid gallant mega overblown big something to write home about one for the book

Adjective

Having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement
electric charged exciting stimulating thrilling electrifying stirring dynamic rousing exhilarating galvanising galvanizing intoxicating dramatic envigorating invigorating animating breathtaking energising energizing exhilarative galvanic hair-raising heady heart-stopping inspiring jolting kicky knife-edge mind-bending mind-blowing mind-boggling moving rip-roaring shocking startling adrenalized buzzy cliffhanging explosive volatile absorbing AC captivating DC electrical electronic emotional energetic juiced magnetic motor-driven plug-in power-driven rechargeable battery operated gripping lively riveting refreshing overwhelming inspiriting spirited inspirational amazing wonderful astonishing fascinating provocative anthemic stimulative stem-winding arousing spine-tingling enlivening uplifting emotive impassioned animated stunning challenging passionate action-packed striking impressive exhilarant magnificent motivating provoking thought-provoking spectacular emotion-charged enthralling sensational soul-stirring enchanting eye-popping wondrous fabulous eye-opening bracing incredible vigorous intriguing tonic astounding exalting entertaining encouraging staggering enthusiastic hearty affecting sexy stupendous powerful appealing complex complicated baffling confusing difficult puzzling compelling interesting intense exhilaratory awe-inspiring awesome mind-altering piquant awakening memorable compulsive delightful wild vibrant galvanical inflammatory electrically powered agitational vitalizing brisk brilliant fantastic strong heartrending heartbreaking imbued suffused fraught laden loaded full saturated pervaded permeated filled potent revitalizing cheering gladdening beautiful jaw-dropping suspenseful elating hallucinogenic sparkling stupefying inconceivable hallucinatory psychedelic nerve-racking edge-of-the-seat adrenaline-charged microelectronic automated automatic amazeballs giddy revitalising quickening animative elevating ripping boisterous rollicking riotous uproarious heart-stirring out of this world adrenalizing exalté hectic titillating adrenaline-fueled giving one food for thought shaking trembling surprising shivering quaking vibrating shuddering renewing reinvigorating frantic blood-tingling exquisite swinging fab large miraculous boss mad restorative zero cool roborant motivational heartening persuasive impactful arresting curious engaging influential poignant impelling attention-grabbing engrossing instigating affective touching instigative triggering inciting meaningful piquing exceptional noteworthy immersing hypnotising meaty inviting charismatic eventful unique amusing newsy beguiling splashy relatable marvelous hypnotizing prepossessing attractive hypnotic remarkable tantalising involving vivid racy enticing out of the ordinary mesmerising pleasurable worthy of note fresh mesmerizing tantalizing preoccupying bewitching charming newsworthy unputdownable alluring entrancing portentous consuming mesmeric spellbinding trenchant marvellous topical seductive fine showy pleasing unboring emphatic diverting buzzworthy magical extraordinary dazzling important significant momentous imposing unbelievable glorious outstanding irresistible prodigious effective great witty grand notable transfixing historic monopolizing clever heart-rending heart-warming consequential vital tear-jerking superb excellent monopolising forcible splendid fantastical fast-moving formidable gee-whizz tremendous majestic massive vivifying first-class first-rate addictive shock-horror controversial scintillating sentimental phenomenal enjoyable conspicuous signal haunting contentious readable theatrical commanding sublime eye-catching special distinguished bold pleasant profound cool stately royal telling awe-striking very interesting sensorial super material relevant expressive devastating monumental divine suggestive towering resplendent theatric eloquent far out relaxing satisfying empyreal influencing prompting shareable viral fashionable trendy heart-pumping edgy Hitchcockian ensational seducing better than expected rejuvenating sensitive very exciting obsessing all-consuming controlling bright terrifying roller-coaster frightening salty spicy colourful totally absorbing superior fast-paced reviving delicate juicy tender ebullient blinding breathless sententious funny insane touchy healthful cordial fortifying salubrious rejuvenative rallying blissful splendorous heavenly effervescent coruscating vivacious colorful upsetting crazy unreal up-tempo health-giving high strengthening healthy hyper esthetic highly impressive problematic awkward hot-button far-out like a dream come true unimaginable unheard-of fabled ethereal enlightening fairy-tale fairytale-like dream-filled glittering bad daring ridiculous deep primo like wow swell hunky-dory groovy dandy delicious lavish terrific luxurious humorous scandalous horrifying some aesthetic agreeable fun distracting congenial recreative droll nice glinting glimmering smart sprightly heartwarming affectional good accomplished hilarious chucklesome graphic climactic enormous skilled skilful consummate skillful admirable masterly comical high-octane essential serious paramount urgent front-page critical crucial far-reaching white-knuckle august easy worth reading well-written easy to read worthwhile well written ingenious gratifying rewarding smooth huge harrowing tragic scream riot be a ball cheerful fun-filled gas gay side-splitting priceless crack ace world-class expert stellar lurid appalling sensationalistic revealing bodacious sudden noisy studied saccharine lachrymose sugary cloying syrupy pathetic mawkish over-sentimental unforgettable breath-taking profuse shattering immense cracking crash-hot nifty sensationalist screaming gee-whiz catchpenny soppy mushy cornball weepy gooey schmaltzy cutesy drippy sappy overcoming inordinate sweeping vast paralyzing astronomic very large crushing humongous paralysing dignified incendiary of note of substance wizard mean hokey inflaming yellow melodramatic indelible celebrated seditious lovey-dovey famous catchy imperial portly heroic staid noble regal heroical magnific epic lofty grandiose gallant proud baronial solemn Homeric fiery crackerjack insurgent rabble-rousing anarchic noticeable extravagant tabloid sultry vulgar coloured pointed prominent rough pungent excessive livid coarse marked X-rated salient colored three-hanky cherished lasting demagogic illustrious rebellious fomenting agitating revolutionary something to write home about mega one for the book pretentious overblown big something else ominous distinctive unfading timeless hate-mongering intemperate rabid mutinous well-done efficient perpetual everlasting immortal renowned undying notorious eternal treasured imperishable enduring not to be forgotten superlative never to be forgotten observable supreme seditionary incitive like a red rag to a bull capable convincing able coherent cogent standout rememberable surpassing remembered plausible on the ball weighty aggressive rational logical vehement lucid punchy reasoned pertinent mighty histrionical sufficient well-founded articulate definitive well reasoned high-powered credible hard-hitting puissant reasonable authoritative unanswerable successful direct sound graceful acute well founded performant clear powerhouse stamped on your memory fixed in the mind red-letter

Adjective

Causing mental or emotional stress
stressful hard trying demanding draining exhausting taxing tough traumatic wearing worrying anxious arduous challenging difficult exacting grim harsh onerous rough severe brutal enervating excruciating fraught frustrating grueling gruelling oppressive pressured rugged testing troublesome vexing agitating bothersome burdensome exasperating grievous harrowing hectic hellish irksome punishing sapping strenuous tedious tiring toilsome wearisome cruel crushing heavy laborious rigorous sticky vexatious weighty nerve-racking anxiety-ridden back-breaking backbreaking herculean effortful wearying fatiguing debilitating tiresome moiling uphill toilful operose energy-consuming formidable ambitious torturous exigent killer bruising grinding unsparing knackering painful shattering depleting Herculean painstaking daunting tortuous ponderous unforgiving agonizing hellacious unremitting intimidating upstream forbidding cumbersome unbearable fierce unyielding vigorous thorny killing agonising hairy gargantuan sweaty laboured labored tough going tricky stiff murderous stringent mighty immense intense backbreaker intolerable galling serious tall staggering colossal extreme gigantic unpleasant distressing jarring solemn distressful slavish really hard titanic very hard difficile physical stretching thoroughgoing immoderate hefty major busy insufferable dicey prohibitive awful problem ominous hazardous easier said than done merciless high-impact torturesome unendurable tormenting not easy hard-won drudgy no picnic worksome vicious marathon like getting blood out of a stone uncomfortable troubling unnerving ferocious almighty impossible savage scabrous problematic uphill battle crippling high-pressure discomforting persnickety pressing imperious time-consuming Augean pick-and-shovel

Adjective

Causing distress or embarrassment
uncomfortable awkward embarrassing painful charged disagreeable disturbing uneasy unnerving unpleasant difficult distressing sticky thorny vexatious annoying bitter discomfiting disconcerting flustering galling tickly torturous tricky troublesome bumpy dolorous fraught hard irritating prickly rough worrisome afflictive confronting distressed grievous incommodious itchy scratchy wearisome causing discomfort ill-fitting restless nervous cringey anxious humiliating cringeworthy cringe-making grim discomforting troubling upsetting agonizing awful agonising irksome horrible sombre displeasing solemn somber bad dire gloomy perturbing unwelcome horrific daunting dreadful unpleasing uncongenial horrid bothersome sober horrendous forbidding agitating aggravating depressing discomposing worrying dismal ghastly unsettling severe woeful appalling tedious terrible macabre humourless humorless tiresome vexing unhappy sad tragic harrowing distressful trying frustrating unamusing shocking burdensome jarring wearing grave exasperating maddening miserable boring provoking wretched traumatic horrifying alarming frightful teasing harassing disquieting grisly disheartening pathetic gruesome discommoding discouraging peeving plaguy pestiferous pestilent pesky bedevilling dreary serious unfortunate lurid sedate heartbreaking distasteful unpalatable loathsome stressful bleak lamentable regrettable repellent doleful atrocious foul harsh unbearable repugnant infuriating infernal riling chafing carking pesty inconvenient pestilential nettling rebarbative plaguey abrasive confounded antagonizing rankling nettlesome antagonising cussed heartrending cheerless unendurable frightening hideous hairy nightmarish tormenting hopeless sullen morose monstrous repellant cruel abhorrent excruciating punchable enraging grating niggling harrying nagging testing hellish nerve-racking gut-wrenching bedeviling off-putting enough to try the patience of a saint ominous enough to drive you up the wall heart-rending heart-breaking critical grewsome terrific sorry dispiriting disappointing drab dark dismaying joyless drear rueful funereal abject melancholic austere unlucky parlous unfavorable unfavourable forlorn comfortless glum mephitical perplexing irritable unpropitious unkind melancholy bewildering sinister depressive revulsive poignant inauspicious foreboding troubled black dicey moiling killer hazardous backbreaking easier said than done high-impact slavish torturesome killing onerous wearying shattering weighty knackering hard-won toilful drudgy exacting backbreaker intolerable sweaty challenging labored punishing back-breaking immense no picnic tall extreme formidable upstream energy-consuming vicious marathon difficile laboured grueling vigorous impossible tortuous brutal cumbersome crippling high-pressure arduous gruelling unsparing sapping prohibitive unremitting really hard tough going problem draining fierce intimidating oppressive Herculean insufferable tough bruising heavy merciless titanic mighty fatiguing laborious ponderous operose gargantuan effortful not easy unforgiving uphill rugged staggering colossal crushing unyielding exhausting herculean ambitious debilitating intense worksome like getting blood out of a stone rigorous strenuous painstaking very hard ferocious almighty grinding gigantic tiring taxing savage scabrous toilsome problematic depleting demanding uphill battle objectionable rotten revolting poor execrable crummy offensive abominable odious lousy detestable unsavory mortifying vile nasty repulsive troublous unsatisfactory icky stinking disgusting nauseating unacceptable deplorable abysmal sickening obnoxious gross undesirable diabolical tragical unappealing uncool yukky grotty yucky afflicting hellacious godawful saddening uninviting grody ugly affecting sour nauseous mean anguished unsavoury hurtful sorrowful beastly unlovely hostile concerning nail-biting extremely bad nerve-wracking

Verb

To ready oneself for a challenging experience
prepare brace steel fortify gird ready strengthen buttress steady make ready nerve get ready gear up poise psych up forearm wind up motivate psych embolden inspirit encourage reinforce hearten animate galvanize galvanise inspire bolster support rally secure invigorate enhearten envigorate buoy up bear up buck up cheer pitch stand by get into position take aim make up one's mind grit teeth cheer up chirk up gear oneself up toughen jack up harden defend protect consolidate season beef up indurate inure garrison prime shore up embattle stiffen augment forewarn warn alert charge up hold up bulwark entrench soup up build up safeguard step up prop punch up wall make stronger tip off give advance warning tip the wink give advance notice energize rouse spur energise stir stimulate incite buoy boost exhilarate drive uplift instigate arouse move enliven spur on reassure excite spark vitalize empower sway incentivize goad incentivise push influence assure gladden provoke impel revitalize refresh impress fire elate stir up revitalise fire up pep up gee up impassion comfort brighten pique fillip console revivify incentify activate enthuse persuade pump up urge whip up boost up cheer on incline raise your spirits help build kindle trigger restore cause nudge quicken lift give a boost to prick inflame dispose give shot in arm elevate prod instil stiffen the resolve of give a shot in the arm to occasion prompt instill get strike perk up fire with enthusiasm fire the imagination of egg on give courage make brave revive ginger up goose whet make braver boost moral liven up give confidence get going raise someone's spirits lift the morale of give pep talk psyche up induce compel coerce coax press elicit cajole propel convince lead pressure make bring evoke force actuate exhort applaud impact inveigle convert tempt advise disinhibit enforce pressurise necessitate pressurize egg jumpstart emphasize soothe ignite reenforce rev up raise prevail on hint to talk into win over suggest to solace imbue infuse touch underline promote cement intensify stress foster enhance deepen champion heighten praise warm affect commove spark off endue infect beghast exalt upraise maintain assist corroborate underpin aid reward improve uphold carry stimulate spiritually lift the spirits of give confidence to boost someone's morale raise the morale of spirit someone up give hope to bield light a fire under prop up endure manage cope persevere be responsible for start off work up set up give impetus give one an idea broaden back substantiate enrich highlight emphasise pick up give a lift to brace up let the sun shine in give a lift snap out of it put on top of the world put on cloud nine back up bolster up suffer get along get by muddle through withstand carry on survive get on get through muddle along hack it make out hold out soldier on grin and bear it weather the storm deal with the situation

Verb

To (excessively) exert for a particular task, purpose or goal
strain exert overwork exhaust extend overtax stretch tire burden drive encumber overburden overexert overextend overreach overtask tax charge load push rack saddle task distend fatigue knacker lade lumber overload test try weaken weigh wrench entrust tighten weary wear out drive too far exert excessively overdo it exert to the limit knock oneself out work too hard make too many demands on push to the limit run oneself into the ground work oneself into the ground weight oppress overstretch overwhelm weigh down stress drain sap overstrain challenge bite off more than you can chew laden freight trammel put a strain on make demands on overdo pressure overuse overfill overcharge cumber hamper handicap pile crush obstruct snow under force overstress go too far worry surfeit embarrass retard work over put demands on surcharge put great demands on be too much for be exacting on impose on put too much in enervate empty deluge swamp push too far weigh heavily on prey on clog oversupply beset make heavy demands on press hard on put pressure on ask too much of yoke inundate excess glut hinder impede snow dump on make heavy saddle with bear down on impose excessive strain on exceed outreach overstep break outrun overpass overshoot overrun surpass transcend overact labor labour sweat wear oneself to a shadow overload oneself work like a Trojan wear oneself out work day and night drive oneself into the ground drive oneself too hard work one's tail off push oneself too hard overtax one's strength overburden oneself burn the candle at both ends overstrain oneself overtire oneself burn out work like a slave kill oneself strain oneself do too much work your fingers to the bone overtax oneself work like a horse burn the midnight oil drive oneself too far practice presenteeism sweat blood

Antonym of tense

tense Idiom, Proverb

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