Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being stark.
  • n. The result or product of being stark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being stark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Stiffness; rigidity; strength; grossness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being complete or utter or extreme
  • n. an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentation

Etymologies

stark +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But there is beauty in starkness and in penance and withdrawal and in thought, knowing that our Savior will be soon be born -- the infant child lying in the manger, the Prince of Peace.

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  • Lanfranc had, however, possessed the king with certain general facts, which disposed William to give the accused a patient hearing, and when his "starkness" was not roused, William could be just.

    The Rival Heirs; being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune

  • Aubazine and Gabrielle's longing for a certain kind of starkness, Charles-Roux always believed that:

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  • One entry that caught our attention is this beautiful design by Tim Hobbelman and Chris Idema that forgoes overwhelming Ghery curves and Meier starkness for an organic and self-sufficient solar powered eco tower.

    Unfinished Belgian Bell Tower Sprouts a Solar Powered Twin | Inhabitat

  • The starkness of existence on Inishmaan has eroded the niceties and dried up most of the sentimentality.

    McDonagh's 'Cripple of Inishmaan': Fiendishly funny sendup of rural Irish life

  • But having enlisted Phil Spector's help in 1969 to turn the reverb-laden sound of Elvis Presley's Sun records into the pared-back starkness of "Cold Turkey", "Instant Karma" and the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album, he might have found a way to perform the same trick for a second time at a later stage in his life.

    The legacy of John Lennon

  • Mr. Jodorowsky also gave a sense of the filmmaking philosophy that led to the bright, spectacular compositions of "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain," with their mythological starkness of Westerns and the uncensored, indelible bizarreness of a symbol-laden dream — whether a perfectly circular pool of water tinged red with blood or a Russian-roulette ritual run by a priest.

    Confessions of a Radical Mind

  • There's a starkness-a sense of dehumanization and otherworldliness captured by these photographs that expresses the alienation that the chronically homeless feel on a daily basis.

    Homelessness

  • The starkness and intellectual integrity of this "Traviata" make it Gelb's first clear win.

    Howard Kissel: The Met's New "Traviata"

  • "Outport", by Garfield Reeves-Stevens, is a story that sticks with me both for the starkness of its landscape (or seascape, as the case may be) and the mindset of the people who are forced to survive in it by any means necessary.

    MIND MELD: Memorable Short Stories to Add to Your Reading List (Part 2 of 2)

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