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adj. stark·er, stark·est
1. Clearly distinguished or delineated: a stark contrast.
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.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.starkness - the quality of being complete or utter or extreme; "the starkness of his contrast between justice and fairness was open to many objections"
limit, bound, boundary - the greatest possible degree of something; "what he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"; "to the limit of his ability"
2.starkness - an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentationstarkness - an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentation; "I was struck by the starkness of my father's room"
plainness - the appearance of being plain and unpretentious


[ˈstɑːknɪs] N
1. (= austerity) [of landscape, desert] → lo inhóspito; [of conditions] → severidad f; [of simplicity, contrast, décor, outline] → austeridad f; [of colour, beauty] → sobriedad f; [of description] → lo escueto, lo sucinto
2. (= harshness) [of reality, poverty] → crudeza f; [of choice, warning, reminder] → lo duro


n (of clothing)Schlichtheit f; (of colour)Eintönigkeit f; (glaring) → Grellheit f; (of truth, contrast)Härte f, → Krassheit f; (of landscape)Nacktheit f, → Kahlheit f
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