American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Bare or blunt: "His language has become increasingly stark, to the point of sounding strident” ( Robert Pear).
- adj. Complete or utter; extreme: stark poverty; a stark contrast.
- adj. Harsh; grim: "faced with that stark future” ( Robert C. McFarlane). "[They] found it hard to accept such a stark portrait of unrelieved failure” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- adv. Utterly; entirely: stark raving mad.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Stiff; rigid, as in death.
- Stubborn; stiff; severe.
- Stout; stalwart; strong; powerful.
- Great; long.
- Entire; perfect; utter; downright; sheer; pure; mere.
- Wholly; entirely; absolutely: used with a few particular adjectives, as stark dead, stark blind, stark drunk, stark mad, stark naked, rarely with other adjectives.
- To make stark, stiff, or rigid, as in death.
- Naked; bare.
- adj. obsolete Hard, firm; obdurate.
- adj. Severe; violent; fierce (now usually in describing the weather).
- adj. archaic Strong; vigorous; powerful.
- adj. Stiff, rigid.
- adj. Hard in appearance; barren, desolate.
- adj. Complete, absolute, full.
- adv. starkly; entirely, absolutely
- v. To stiffen.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Stiff; rigid.
- adj. obsolete Complete; absolute; full; perfect; entire.
- adj. Strong; vigorous; powerful.
- adj. obsolete Severe; violent; fierce.
- adj. Mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright.
- adv. Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite.
- v. rare To stiffen.
- adj. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
- adv. completely.
- adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
- adj. complete or extreme
- adj. providing no shelter or sustenance
- adj. severely simple
- From Middle English starken, from Old English stearcian ("to stiffen, become hard, grow stiff or hard"), from Proto-Germanic *starkōnan, *starkēnan (“to stiffen, become hard”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)terg- (“rigid, stiff”). Cognate with German erstarken ("to strengthen"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, stiff, severe, strong, from Old English stearc. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She heard the slide of his zipper and her heart seized, the pulse skittering in her throat as she gazed up at his hungry face, his expression stark and pained.”
“His expression stark, he admitted, “Just two nights ago, I…I almost strangled her to death while I slept.””
“Stepping closer, Worf appraised her with an expression of stark admiration.”
“Mr. Reynolds 'opinions are in stark contrast to the core values of the Champaign County Republican Party and are personally offensive to me," party Chairman Jason Barickman told the News-Gazette.”
“Galbraith's proposal does stand in stark contrast with the rumored position of the fiscal commission.”
“Though he became a crusading liberal strategist, Stern and Wermiel show that his private conduct, especially his long-standing refusal to appoint female clerks, sometimes stood in stark contradiction to his constitutional principles.”
“The poverty among Alaska natives stands in stark contrast to the richness of their culture and the raw, stunning beauty of their ancestral lands.”
“This is a positive trend, he said, because "household balance sheets are getting better" in stark contrast to the credit gluttony that characterized the boom years.”
“She also shares his willingness to pummel President Obama in stark, disdainful tones, not so much criticizing as taunting him.”
“Update Kaiser Health News is reporting that "America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the two largest insurance industry groups, released a letter today that 'laid down a marker on health care, warning in stark terms that a proposed government insurance plan would dismantle the employer coverage Americans have relied on for a half century and overtake the system.”
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