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STARK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stark mean? 

STARK (adjective)
  The adjective STARK has 5 senses:

1. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
2. severely simple
3. complete or extreme
4. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
5. providing no shelter or sustenance

  Familiarity information: STARK used as an adjective is common.


STARK (adverb)
  The adverb STARK has 1 sense:

1. completely

  Familiarity information: STARK used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STARK (adjective)


Sense 1stark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

Synonyms:

stark; blunt; crude

Context examples:

the blunt truth / the crude facts / facing the stark reality of the deadline

Similar:

unconditional (not conditional)


Sense 2stark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Severely simple

Synonyms:

austere; stark; severe; stern

Context example:

a stark interior

Similar:

plain (not elaborate or elaborated; simple)


Sense 3stark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Complete or extreme

Context examples:

stark poverty / a stark contrast

Similar:

immoderate (not within reasonable limits)


Sense 4stark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

Synonyms:

arrant; utter; double-dyed; sodding; unadulterated; thoroughgoing; staring; pure; perfect; everlasting; consummate; stark; complete; gross

Context examples:

an 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

Similar:

unmitigated (not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier)


Sense 5stark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Providing no shelter or sustenance

Synonyms:

barren; desolate; bleak; stark; bare

Context examples:

bare rocky hills / barren lands / the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes / the desolate surface of the moon / a stark landscape

Similar:

inhospitable (unfavorable to life or growth)


STARK (adverb)


Sense 1stark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Completely

Context examples:

stark mad / mouth stark open


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