bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable.
an apartment with bare walls
naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness.
poor half-naked children
nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure.
a nude model posing for art students
bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness.
a bald mountain peak
barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility.
Few creatures can thrive on these barren mountaintops.
The book was good, but I found the barren lives of the characters depressing. Noun
lived out in the barrens where it was impossible to grow anything
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Just a 10-minute drive from the Kherson city center, where coffee shops and restaurants are reopening and bands have performed concerts in the main square, the streets of Antonivka remain barren.
Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 During the worst of the pandemic, L.A.’s karaoke clubs were just as barren as its concert venues.
Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 For much of the 20th century, Qatar was a barren Persian Gulf backwater better known for pearl diving than power politics.
Rory Smith, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Bushnell South aims to create a new neighborhood connecting Bushnell Park with the city neighborhoods to the south, replacing a barren jumble of parking lots near the state Capitol.
Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 16 Nov. 2022 Now, the reputational damage of reaching for Miller and downplaying his racial animus is much worse than flak for a barren farm system.
Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2022 The family are led from their beds into a barren hut where they are shot and bayoneted.
K.j. Yossman, Variety, 7 Nov. 2022 The canines will receive love, comfort, beds, enrichment, and veterinary care at the rehab center — a far cry from the uncomfortable conditions of a barren dog meat farm cage.
Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2022 By themselves, the young trees lining a still barren boulevard in Vienna’s newest neighborhood hardly look like climate warriors.Time, 20 Oct. 2022 See More
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Middle English bareine, from Anglo-French barain, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Middle Welsh brynar fallow land