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English adjective: stark

1. stark devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

SamplesThe blunt truth.
The crude facts.
Facing the stark reality of the deadline.

Synonymsblunt, crude

Similarunconditional, unconditioned


2. stark severely simple

SamplesA stark interior.

Synonymsaustere, severe, stern



3. stark complete or extreme

SamplesStark poverty.
A stark contrast.



4. stark without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

SamplesAn arrant fool.
A complete coward.
A consummate fool.
A double-dyed villain.
Gross negligence.
A perfect idiot.
Pure folly.
What a sodding mess.
Stark staring mad.
A thoroughgoing villain.
Utter nonsense.
The unadulterated truth.

Synonymsarrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter



5. stark providing no shelter or sustenance

SamplesBare rocky hills.
Barren lands.
The bleak treeless regions of the high Andes.
The desolate surface of the moon.
A stark landscape.

Synonymsbare, barren, bleak, desolate



English adverb: stark

1. stark completely

SamplesStark mad.
Mouth stark open.

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