Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Stiffness; rigidity; strength; grossness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being stark.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being stark.
  • noun countable The result or product of being stark.

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

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

Etymologies

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stark +‎ -ness

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.

    A Strange Thing

  • 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:

    NPR Topics: News

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

    NPR Topics: News

  • 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.

    Diane Pham | Inhabitat

  • 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

  • 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

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