Adjective "stark" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Severe or bare in appearance or outline.
  1. 'Some of the newer houses and their roadside walls need plant screening to overcome a sometimes stark appearance.'
  2. 'At the riverside, hawthorns, oaks, beeches and other trees stand stark and bare.'
  3. 'The artist Alessandro Raho usually drapes his subjects in theatrical clothes but with Dame Judy he has opted for a simple white jacket against a stark white background.'
  4. 'The kitchen and bathroom are stark white, very simple and linear, but it creates a nice balance.'
  5. 'The image is almost stark, with the bare stone floor and walls, the simple sweeping plane of the ceiling above, and that remarkable suspended coil of steps.'
  6. 'Having a patio garden calls for a bit of ingenuity so a well positioned tub of flowers can soften a very stark and bare corner.'
  7. 'Yet despite this, his shots are stark, bare and almost devoid of emotion.'
  8. 'Its stark outline on the abandoned battlefield offers some protection.'
  9. 'The figures are life-size cut-outs, silhouetted against the stark white walls, which gives them a three-dimensional sculptural quality.'
  10. 'She's done so through her now trademark silhouettes, large black paper cut-outs set against stark white walls.'
  11. 'his position is in stark contrast to that of Curran'
  12. 'His self-sacrifice and idealism are also in stark contrast to the corruption and cynicism evident in modern Ireland.'
  13. 'In fact there was a near 100 per cent pass rate in maths and biology, marking these results as being in stark contrast to the failure rates in other schools around the country.'
  14. 'He outlines the stark consequences of industrial relations breakdown, and asks the negotiators to use the holiday break to reflect.'
  15. 'Dr Hope said on Easter Sunday people were celebrating the triumph of the Resurrection, in stark contrast to the world today which was in ‘turmoil.’'
  16. 'Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's claim in the Dáil that the February marchers were in agreement with government policy is in stark contrast to opinion poll evidence.'
  17. 'This is in stark contrast to Abbott who in a relatively short life has been through university in Australia and overseas, the seminary, business, journalism and politics.'
  18. 'Yet the stark reality of statistics, and the facts themselves, reveal a quite different story to the one we have come to accept.'
  19. 'However, the ecstatic reception he was given when he touched down at the New Tokyo International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, was in stark contrast to his visit to Japan in 1980.'
  20. 'A battery of psychological tests administered to me at this time tells the story of my mental status in a stark manner that clearly outlines my assets and deficits.'
  21. 'His loyalty to his party is in stark contrast to the actions of his old colleague Brian Sedgemore, the former MP for Hackney South who chose the middle of the election to defect to the Liberal Democrats.'
Complete; sheer.
  1. 'Even total depression is preferable to complete stark terror.'
  2. 'And the moment with the discarded toys coming to life hits with stark terror and reminds us, if only for a moment, of the swarming mummies in Spielberg's great Raiders of the Lost Ark.'
  3. 'Traditionally the life of a soldier involves long stretches of boredom punctuated by brief and seemingly unending moments of stark terror.'
  4. 'She turned her face to the voice, to find an expression of stark terror on her crewman's countenance.'
  5. 'It has given me countless days of joy, a few hours of frustration, a couple minutes of stark terror, and it was even responsible for introducing me to my wife.'
  6. 'Christian now looked torn between amusement and stark terror.'
  7. 'This morning, I trudged through the knee-high drifts of wolves to bring you a picture which sums up the stark terror facing this country.'
  8. 'The lion made no answer, the stark terror in his eyes saying everything that needed to be said.'
  9. 'I have never seen such stark terror on a man's face.'
  10. 'The sheer excitement, energy, and also stark terror of that moment must have been nearly overwhelming.'
  11. 'Slowly..they began to disrobe themselves..till they stood before stark as the day they were born.'
Stiff, rigid, or incapable of movement.
  1. 'A number of babies - I should say about thirty - were laid out there stiff and stark.'
  2. 'the dragoons were stark fellows'
  3. 'Many were powerful, stark and moving but none so beautiful as Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi's films.'
  4. 'The similarities between the two men are stark - the same strong jaw, angular features and receding hairline.'


1. sheer, utter, downright, or complete: stark madness.

2. harsh, grim, or desolate, as a view, place, etc.: a stark landscape.

3. extremely simple or severe: a stark interior.

4. bluntly or sternly plain; not softened or glamorized: the stark reality of the schedule's deadline.

5. stiff or rigid in substance, muscles, etc.

6. rigid in death.

7. Archaic. strong; powerful; massive or robust. adverb

8. utterly, absolutely, or quite: stark mad.

More examples(as adjective)

"stars can be stark to people."

"shells can be stark under coverings."

"people can be stark in middles."

"miseries can be stark for things."

"lives can be stark for survivors."

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Old English stearc ‘unyielding, severe’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sterk and German stark ‘strong’.


stark naked
stark raving (or staring) mad