Stark - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɑːrk|  American pronunciation of the word stark
Brit.  |stɑːk|  British pronunciation of the word stark


- completely


- devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment(syn: blunt, crude)
- severely simple(syn: austere, severe, stern)
- complete or extreme
- without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers(syn: arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, thorough, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter)
- providing no shelter or sustenance(syn: bare, barren, bleak, desolate)


The room was decorated with stark simplicity.

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

There is a stark difference between them.

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

My first thought was that I had gone stark raving mad.

She said "no", and said it brave and stark.

In the cold dawn light, the castle looked stark and forbidding.

The movie shows the stark realities of life in the ghetto.

The extreme poverty of the local people is in stark contrast to the wealth of the tourists.

We are faced with a stark choice.

The dragoons were stark fellows and had seen service. (Crockett)

facing the stark reality of the deadline

the stark realism of the play

Even during Picasso's youthful figurative stages, stark realism was never his forte ...

The winter heatwave in California is a stark contrast to the below-freezing temperatures on the East Coast.

Word forms

comparative: starker
superlative: starkest
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