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stark

[stahrk] /stɑrk/
adjective, starker, starkest.
1.
sheer, utter, downright, or complete:
stark madness.
2.
harsh, grim, or desolate, as a view, place, etc.:
a stark landscape.
3.
extremely simple or severe:
a stark interior.
4.
bluntly or sternly plain; not softened or glamorized:
the stark reality of the schedule's deadline.
5.
stiff or rigid in substance, muscles, etc.
6.
rigid in death.
7.
Archaic. strong; powerful; massive or robust.
adverb
8.
utterly, absolutely, or quite:
stark mad.
9.
Chiefly Scot. and North England. in a stark manner; stoutly or vigorously.
Origin
900
before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English stearc stiff, firm; cognate with German stark strong; akin to Old Norse sterkr strong; akin to starch, stare; (adv.) Middle English sterke, derivative of the adj.
Related forms
starkly, adverb
starkness, noun
Synonyms
2, 3. See austere, bare.
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Examples for starkly
  • But the vast majority of the land remains wild and starkly beautiful.
  • Different cultures around the world have starkly contrasting diets and their gut bacteria are different too.
  • The nebula's tranquil name contrasts starkly with the violent activity that sculpted it.
  • In the end the image seemed more appropriate to this starkly beautiful land, so raw and new, so of the moment.
  • If they had reproduced starkly the utter bottomlessness of the thing, anything might have happened.
  • The shareholders face a choice between two starkly different proposals.
  • Such starkly contrasting notions of freedom find expression in politics, too.
  • The last few pages have been filled with two starkly different perceptions of my country.
  • It will not be weaker vs stronger economies that doom the euro, instead it will be the starkly different political priorities.
  • But remove the blinkers, and the flood of impressions could be starkly different.
British Dictionary definitions for starkly

stark

/stɑːk/
adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) devoid of any elaboration; blunt the stark facts
2.
grim; desolate a stark landscape
3.
(usually prenominal) utter; absolute stark folly
4.
(archaic) severe; violent
5.
(archaic or poetic) rigid, as in death (esp in the phrases stiff and stark, stark dead)
6.
short for stark-naked
adverb
7.
completely stark mad
Derived Forms
starkly, adverb
starkness, noun
Word Origin
Old English stearc stiff; related to Old Norse sterkr, Gothic gastaurknan to stiffen

Stark

noun
1.
(stɑːk). Dame Freya (Madeline) (ˈfreɪə). 1893–1993, British traveller and writer, whose many books include The Southern Gates of Arabia (1936), Beyond Euphrates (1951), and The Journey's Echo (1963)
2.
(German) (ʃtark). Johannes (joˈhanəs). 1874–1957, German physicist, who discovered the splitting of the lines of a spectrum when the source of light is subjected to a strong electrostatic field (Stark effect, 1913): Nobel prize for physics 1919
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Word Origin and History for starkly
stark
O.E. stearc "stiff, strong" (related to starian "to stare"), from P.Gmc. *starkaz (cf. O.N. sterkr, O.Fris. sterk, M.Du. starc, O.H.G. starah, Ger. stark, Goth. *starks), from PIE base *ster- "stiff, rigid" (see stare). Meaning "utter, sheer, complete" first recorded c.1400, perhaps from infl. of common phrase stark dead (late 14c.), with stark mistaken as an intensive adj. Sense of "bare, barren" is from 1833. Stark naked (1520s) is from M.E. start naked (early 13c.), from O.E. steort "tail, rump." Hence Brit. slang starkers "naked" (1923).
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