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stark

 (stärk)
adj. stark·er, stark·est
1. Clearly distinguished or delineated: a stark contrast.
2.
a. Bare, desolate, or unadorned: an apartment with stark white walls; the stark beauty of the desert landscape.
b. Severe or unmitigated; harsh or grim: "[They] found it hard to accept such a stark portrait of unrelieved failure" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
3. Complete or utter; extreme: stark disbelief.
adv.
Utterly; entirely: stark raving mad.

[Middle English, stiff, severe, strong, from Old English stearc; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

stark′ly adv.
stark′ness n.

stark

(stɑːk)
adj
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 phrase stiff and stark)
6. short for stark-naked
adv
completely: stark mad; stark dead.
[Old English stearc stiff; related to Old Norse sterkr, Gothic gastaurknan to stiffen]
ˈstarkly adv
ˈstarkness n

Stark

n
1. (Biography) 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. (Biography) 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

stark

(stɑrk)

adj. -er, -est,
adv. adj.
1. sheer, utter, downright, or complete: stark madness.
2. harsh, grim, or desolate, as a view or place.
3. extremely simple or severe: a stark interior.
4. bluntly or sternly plain: the stark reality of our situation.
5. sharply or harshly distinct: a stark contrast.
6. stiff or rigid, as in death.
7. Archaic. powerful; massive or robust.
adv.
8. utterly, absolutely, or quite: stark mad.
[before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English stearc stiff, firm, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German stark, Old Norse sterkr strong]
stark′ly, adv.
stark′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stark - devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline"
unconditional, unconditioned - not conditional; "unconditional surrender"
2.stark - severely simplestark - severely simple; "a stark interior"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
3.stark - complete or extreme; "stark poverty"; "a stark contrast"
immoderate - beyond reasonable limits; "immoderate laughter"; "immoderate spending"
4.stark - without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "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"
unmitigated - not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier; "unmitigated suffering"; "an unmitigated horror"; "an unmitigated lie"
5.stark - providing no shelter or sustenancestark - providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape"
inhospitable - unfavorable to life or growth; "the barren inhospitable desert"; "inhospitable mountain areas"
Adv.1.stark - completely; "stark mad"; "mouth stark open"

stark

adjective
1. plain, simple, harsh, basic, bare, grim, straightforward, blunt, bald The stark truth is that we are paying more now than we ever were.
2. sharp, clear, striking, graphic, distinct, clear-cut, clearly delineated in stark contrast
3. austere, severe, plain, bare, harsh, unadorned the stark, white, characterless fireplace in the drawing room
4. bleak, grim, barren, hard, cold, depressing, dreary, desolate, forsaken, godforsaken, drear (literary) a stark landscape of concrete, wire and utility equipment
5. absolute, pure, sheer, utter, downright, patent, consummate, palpable, out-and-out, flagrant, unmitigated, unalloyed, arrant They are motivated, he said, by stark fear.
adverb
1. absolutely, quite, completely, clean, entirely, altogether, wholly, utterly I gasped again. He must have gone stark staring mad.

stark

adjective
Cold and forbidding:
Translations
صَارِمقَوي، شَديد
pustýsilnýstrohýtuhýtvrdý
bartskarp
karu
strog
kopár
hrjóstrugur
がらんとした
황량한
nuogut nuogutėlisvisai išprotėjęs
kailsneauglīgsnoplicinātstuksnešains
skarp
รุนแรง
khắc nghiệt

stark

[stɑːk]
A. ADJ (starker (compar) (starkest (superl)))
1. (= austere) [simplicity, colour, beauty, décor, outline] → austero; [conditions] → severo, duro; [landscape] → inhóspito; [description] → escueto, sucinto
2. (= harsh) [reality, poverty] → crudo, sin adornos; [choice, warning, reminder] → duro
those are the stark facts of the matterésa es la cruda realidad del asunto
3. (= absolute) [terror, folly] → absoluto
to be in stark contrast to sthcontrastar brutalmente con algo
B. ADV stark staring or raving madloco de remate
stark nakeden cueros, en pelotas, encuerado (LAm) , pilucho (Chile) , calato (Peru, Bol)

stark

[ˈstɑːrk]
adj
(= austere) [landscape, hills] → désolé(e); [colour] → morne; [room] → austère; [beauty, simplicity] → austère
(= harsh) [reality] → sombre before n; [poverty] → extrême; [choice] → douloureux/euse; [warning, reminder] → sévère
UK companies face a stark choice if they are to stay competitive → Les entreprises britanniques doivent faire face à un choix douloureux si elles veulent rester compétitives.
to issue a stark warning → lancer un sévère avertissement
He issued a stark warning to Washington and other Western Capitals → Il a lancé un sévère avertissement à Washington et aux autres capitales occidentales., Il a adressé un sévère rappel à l'ordre à Washington et aux autres capitales occidentales.
(= vivid) [contrast, difference] → frappant(e)
in stark contrast to → en contraste frappant avec
adv
stark naked → complètement nu(e)

stark

adj (+er) realism, contrast, ignorance, poverty, warningkrass; reality, truth, terror, factnackt; clothing, simplicityschlicht; madnessrein, schier, hell; reminder, message alsoüberdeutlich; choice, silhouettehart; landscape, cliffs, branchesnackt, kahl; light bulbgrell; coloureintönig; (= glaring)grell; blacktrist; whitenackt; in stark termsin harten Worten, unverblümt
adv stark raving or staring mad (inf)total verrückt (inf); stark nakedsplitter(faser)nackt (inf)

stark

[stɑːk]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (outline) → aspro/a; (landscape) → desolato/a; (simplicity, colour) → austero/a; (contrast) → forte; (reality, poverty, truth) → crudo/a
2. adv stark staring or raving madmatto/a da legare
stark naked → nudo/a come un verme

stark

(staːk) adjective
bare, harsh or simple in a severe way. a stark, rocky landscape.
stark crazy/mad
completely mad.
stark naked
(of a person) completely naked.

stark

صَارِم strohý skarp krass χτυπητός inhóspito karu catégorique strog austero がらんとした 황량한 grimmig fullstendig surowy rígido голый skarp รุนแรง katı khắc nghiệt 刻板的
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Grandmother went on talking in her polite Virginia way, not admitting their stark need or her own remissness, until Jake arrived with the hamper, as if in direct answer to Mrs.
And in the first place, you will be so good as to unsay that story about selling his head, which if true I take to be good evidence that this harpooneer is stark mad, and I've no idea of sleeping with a madman; and you, sir, you I mean, landlord, you, sir, by trying to induce me to do so knowingly, would thereby render yourself liable to a criminal prosecution.
But strangest of all is the circumstance, that in more instances than one, when the body has been recovered, not a single mark of violence is discernible; the man being stark dead.
This was a great event to the latter--the daily review of the new arrivals, all stark naked, and many and diverting were the comments.
That saw the other knight of the turret, and dressed him toward Marhaus, and they went so eagerly together, that the knight of the turret was soon smitten down, horse and man, stark dead --"
She came at once upon a handsomely engraved and colored frontispiece -- a hu- man figure, stark naked.
I looked on my cherished wishes, yesterday so blooming and glowing; they lay stark, chill, livid corpses that could never revive.
Add to this that Gray, the new man, had his face tied up in a bandage for a cut he had got in breaking away from the mutineers and that poor old Tom Redruth, still unburied, lay along the wall, stiff and stark, under the Union Jack.
He consented, and I immediately stripped myself stark naked, and went down softly into the stream.
And if this be true, as it is, why should I now take the trouble to strip stark naked, or do mischief to these trees which have done me no harm, or why am I to disturb the clear waters of these brooks which will give me to drink whenever I have a mind?
Instead, terror, stark, paralyzing terror, was mirrored in her eyes, in the expression of her mouth, in the tense, cowering attitude of her body.
He is mad, stark, raving mad, and it's no use my trying to stop him.