Definition of Stark

1. Adverb. Completely. "Mouth stark open"

2. Adjective. Devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment. "Facing the stark reality of the deadline"

Exact synonyms: Blunt, Crude
Similar to: Unconditional, Unconditioned
Derivative terms: Starkness

3. Adjective. Severely simple. "A stark interior"
Exact synonyms: Austere, Severe, Stern
Similar to: Plain
Derivative terms: Austereness, Severeness, Starkness, Sternness

4. Adjective. Complete or extreme. "A stark contrast"
Similar to: Immoderate
Derivative terms: Starkness

5. Adjective. Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers. "The unadulterated truth"

6. Adjective. Providing no shelter or sustenance. "A stark landscape"
Exact synonyms: Bare, Barren, Bleak, Desolate
Similar to: Inhospitable
Derivative terms: Bareness, Barren, Barrenness, Bleakness, Starkness

Definition of Stark

1. a. Stiff; rigid.

2. adv. Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mind.

3. v. t. To stiffen.

Definition of Stark

1. Adjective. (obsolete) hard, firm; obdurate. ¹

2. Adjective. severe; violent; fierce (now usually in describing the weather) ¹

3. Adjective. (archaic) strong; vigorous; powerful. ¹

4. Adjective. stiff, rigid ¹

5. Adjective. hard in appearance; barren, desolate ¹

6. Adjective. complete, absolute, full ¹

7. Adverb. starkly; entirely, absolutely ¹

8. Verb. (obsolete or dialect) To stiffen. ¹

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Definition of Stark

1. harsh in appearance [adj STARKER, STARKEST] : STARKLY [adv]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stark

stargazy pie
stargazy pies
staring down
stark (current term)
stark bollock naked
stark naked
stark nakedness
stark raving mad

Literary usage of Stark

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"Ohio, on the 22d day of February, 1892, and recorded on pages 17, 18 and 19 of volume 8, Commissioners' Journal, stark county, Ohio, and Whereas, ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1872)
"1095 ; 2 stark, on Evid. 708. But the interest to disqualify the party must be ... See 2 stark, on Evid. 709. And in an action between other parties, ..."

3. The Works of Washington Irving by Washington Irving (1861)
"One of his appeals was to the veteran John stark, the comrade of Putnam in the ... But stark was soured with government, and had retired from service, ..."

4. Collections by Virginia Historical Society (1899)
"Memoir of General stark. In " Historical Sketches of the Discovery, Settlement and ... Reprinted in Memoir and Official Correspondents of John stark, p. ..."

5. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1881)
"Laud describes it as “ stark naught,” and pokes fun at Cambridge and her ... Her poetry is mere wind ; her novels stark nought; her philosophy, ..."

6. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register by Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters (1867)
"stark was ready for sea, the authorities at Bilboa offered the commander ... stark, and on being hailed gave the name of an English ship from Whitehaven. ..."

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