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stark

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adjective \ ˈstärk \

Definition of stark

1 a :rigid in or as if in death
b :rigidly conforming (as to a pattern or doctrine) :absolute
  • stark discipline
2 archaic :strong, robust
3 :utter, sheer
  • stark nonsense
b (1) :having few or no ornaments :bare
  • a stark white room
(2) :harsh, blunt
  • the stark realities of death
5 :sharply delineated
  • a stark contrast

starkly

adverb

starkness

noun

Examples of stark in a Sentence

  1. The room was decorated with stark simplicity.

  2. the stark reality of death

  3. This tragedy serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of drunk driving.

  4. There is a stark difference between them.

  5. His criticism of the movie stands in stark contrast to the praise it has received from others.

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Origin and Etymology of stark

Middle English, stiff, strong, from Old English stearc; akin to Old High German starc strong, Lithuanian starinti to stiffen — more at stare


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stark

adverb

Definition of stark

1 :in a stark manner
2 :to an absolute or complete degree :wholly
  • stark naked
  • stark mad

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First Known Use of stark

13th century


Stark

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biographical name \ ˈshtärk , ˈstärk \

Definition of Stark

Johannes 1874–1957 German physicist

Stark

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biographical name \ ˈstärk \

Definition of Stark

John 1728–1822 American general in Revolution


STARK Defined for English Language Learners

stark

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adjective

Definition of stark for English Language Learners

  • : having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance

  • : unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience

  • : very obvious : very plain and easily seen


stark

adverb

Definition of stark for English Language Learners

  • : completely or fully


STARK Defined for Kids

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stark

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adjective \ ˈstärk \

Definition of stark for Students

starker; starkest
1 :barren 2, desolate
  • a stark landscape
2 :clear and harsh
  • She faced the stark reality of poverty.
3 :very obvious
  • The differences were stark.

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stark

adverb

Definition of stark for Students

:completely
  • stark naked


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