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ADJECTIVE (5)

1. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment;
- Example: "the blunt truth"
- Example: "the crude facts"
- Example: "facing the stark reality of the deadline"
[syn: blunt, crude(a), stark(a)]

2. severely simple;
- Example: "a stark interior"
[syn: austere, severe, stark, stern]

3. complete or extreme;
- Example: "stark poverty"
- Example: "a stark contrast"

4. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers;
- Example: "an arrant fool"
- Example: "a complete coward"
- Example: "a consummate fool"
- Example: "a double-dyed villain"
- Example: "gross negligence"
- Example: "a perfect idiot"
- Example: "pure folly"
- Example: "what a sodding mess"
- Example: "stark staring mad"
- Example: "a thoroughgoing villain"
- Example: "utter nonsense"
- Example: "the unadulterated truth"
[syn: arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulterated]

5. providing no shelter or sustenance;
- Example: "bare rocky hills"
- Example: "barren lands"
- Example: "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"
- Example: "the desolate surface of the moon"
- Example: "a stark landscape"
[syn: bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark]


ADVERB (1)

1. completely;
- Example: "stark mad"
- Example: "mouth stark open"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stark \Stark\ (st[aum]rk), adv. Wholly; entirely; absolutely; quite; as, stark mad. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Held him strangled in his arms till he was stark dead. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] Stark naked, wholly naked; quite bare. [1913 Webster] Strip your sword stark naked. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: According to Professor Skeat, "stark-naked" is derived from steort-naked, or start-naked, literally tail-naked, and hence wholly naked. If this etymology be true the preferable form is stark-naked. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stark \Stark\ (st[aum]rk), a. [Compar. Starker (-[~e]r); superl. Starkest.] [OE. stark stiff, strong, AS. stearc; akin to OS. starc strong, D. sterk, OHG. starc, starah, G. & Sw. stark, Dan. staerk, Icel. sterkr, Goth. gasta['u]rknan to become dried up, Lith. str["e]gti to stiffen, to freeze. Cf. Starch, a. & n.] 1. Stiff; rigid. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Whose senses all were straight benumbed and stark. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] His heart gan wax as stark as marble stone. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Many a nobleman lies stark and stiff Under the hoofs of vaunting enemies. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The north is not so stark and cold. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. Complete; absolute; full; perfect; entire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Consider the stark security The common wealth is in now. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 3. Strong; vigorous; powerful. [1913 Webster] A stark, moss-trooping Scot. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Stark beer, boy, stout and strong beer. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 4. Severe; violent; fierce. [Obs.] "In starke stours" [i. e., in fierce combats]. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 5. Mere; sheer; gross; entire; downright. [1913 Webster] He pronounces the citation stark nonsense. --Collier. [1913 Webster] Rhetoric is very good or stark naught; there's no medium in rhetoric. --Selden. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Stark \Stark\, v. t. To stiffen. [R.] [1913 Webster] If horror have not starked your limbs. --H. Taylor. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

stark adv 1: completely; "stark mad"; "mouth stark open" adj 1: devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline" [syn: blunt, crude(a), stark(a)] 2: severely simple; "a stark interior" [syn: austere, severe, stark, stern] 3: complete or extreme; "stark poverty"; "a stark contrast" 4: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulterated] 5: providing no shelter or sustenance; "bare rocky hills"; "barren lands"; "the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes"; "the desolate surface of the moon"; "a stark landscape" [syn: bare, barren, bleak, desolate, stark]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

159 Moby Thesaurus words for "stark": Spartan, absolute, absolutely, altogether, arrant, ascetic, austere, bald, bare, barren, basic, blasted, bleak, blessed, blunt, candid, chaste, classical, clean, clear, clearly, cold, common, commonplace, complete, completely, confounded, consummate, crass, decided, definitive, depressing, desolate, direct, downright, drear, dreary, dry, dull, egregious, elementary, empty, entirely, essential, evident, flagrant, frank, fully, fundamental, glaring, grey, grim, gross, hard, harsh, homely, homespun, homogeneous, indivisible, infernal, inornate, intolerable, irreducible, irretrievably, irrevocably, lean, matter-of-fact, mere, monolithic, naked, natural, neat, nude, obvious, obviously, of a piece, open, out-and-out, outright, patent, perfect, perfectly, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, plainly, plumb, positive, primary, profound, pronounced, proper, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pure, pure and simple, quite, rank, ravaged, raw, regular, right, rustic, severe, shattering, sheer, shocking, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, single, sober, spare, spooky, stark-naked, stark-staring, straightforward, stripped, superlative, surpassing, the veriest, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, totally, unadorned, unaffected, unbearable, unclad, unclothed, uncluttered, unconditional, unconscionable, undeniable, undifferenced, undifferentiated, unelaborate, unembellished, unenhanced, unequivocal, unfancy, unfussy, uniform, unimaginative, unmitigated, unornate, unpoetical, unqualified, unrelieved, unrelievedly, unspoiled, unvarnished, utter, utterly, vacant, vacuous, void, wholly
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Stark -- U.S. County in Illinois Population (2000): 6332 Housing Units (2000): 2725 Land area (2000): 287.937834 sq. miles (745.755535 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.275745 sq. miles (0.714176 sq. km) Total area (2000): 288.213579 sq. miles (746.469711 sq. km) Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17 Location: 41.097764 N, 89.802300 W Headwords: Stark Stark, IL Stark County Stark County, IL
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Stark -- U.S. County in Ohio Population (2000): 378098 Housing Units (2000): 157024 Land area (2000): 576.136229 sq. miles (1492.185919 sq. km) Water area (2000): 4.773125 sq. miles (12.362336 sq. km) Total area (2000): 580.909354 sq. miles (1504.548255 sq. km) Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39 Location: 40.819408 N, 81.383599 W Headwords: Stark Stark, OH Stark County Stark County, OH
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Stark -- U.S. County in North Dakota Population (2000): 22636 Housing Units (2000): 9722 Land area (2000): 1338.162493 sq. miles (3465.824800 sq. km) Water area (2000): 2.300379 sq. miles (5.957955 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1340.462872 sq. miles (3471.782755 sq. km) Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38 Location: 46.852248 N, 102.712489 W Headwords: Stark Stark, ND Stark County Stark County, ND
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Stark, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas Population (2000): 106 Housing Units (2000): 47 Land area (2000): 0.174053 sq. miles (0.450794 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.174053 sq. miles (0.450794 sq. km) FIPS code: 68025 Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20 Location: 37.689592 N, 95.143573 W ZIP Codes (1990): 66775 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Stark, KS Stark