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Synonyms for stark

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blunt, crude(a), stark(a)adjective

    devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

    "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline"

    conditional, fancy, mitigated, moderate, hospitable

  2. austere, severe, stark, sternadjective

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

    life-threatening, perfect(a), consummate(a), unadulterated, double-dyed(a), austere, serious, ascetic, bare, arrant(a), severe, desolate, staring(a), unrelenting, stern, grievous, sodding(a), unappeasable, grave, everlasting(a), crude(a), dangerous, wicked, complete(a), hard, gross(a), terrible, stark(a), pure(a), relentless, barren, unforgiving, blunt, grim, bleak, inexorable, exacting, thoroughgoing(a), strict, ascetical, utter(a), spartan, knockout

    fancy, moderate, hospitable, mitigated, conditional

  3. starkadjective

    complete or extreme

    "stark poverty"; "a stark contrast"

    everlasting(a), perfect(a), sodding(a), utter(a), thoroughgoing(a), double-dyed(a), crude(a), complete(a), stern, gross(a), staring(a), arrant(a), bleak, desolate, stark(a), barren, consummate(a), pure(a), blunt, unadulterated, austere, severe, bare

    conditional, hospitable, moderate, mitigated, fancy

  4. 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), unadulteratedadjective

    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"

    mitigated, fancy, conditional, moderate, hospitable

  5. bare, barren, bleak, desolate, starkadverb

    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"

    spare, bare(a), devoid, perfect(a), consummate(a), blunt, unornamented, austere, au naturel(p), bare, raw, marginal, arrant(a), black, severe, gross(a), staring(a), simple(a), stripped, desolate, destitute, mere(a), cutting, everlasting(a), double-dyed(a), crude(a), dim, complete(a), innocent, plain, nude, unsheathed, pure(a), unfinished, barren, stark(a), unadulterated, thoroughgoing(a), free, naked, bleak, unembellished, sodding(a), scanty, utter(a), stern

    mitigated, fancy, conditional, moderate, hospitable

  6. starkadverb


    "stark mad"; "mouth stark open"

    fancy, moderate, conditional, hospitable, mitigated

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. starkadjective

    mere, simple, sheer, bare, downright, gross, unmistakable

  2. starkadjective

    wholly, entirely, completely, fully

  3. starkadjective

    radiated, stellate, stellated, stellular

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "stark":

    strong, starck, flagrant, joyless, harsh, sharp, grim, austere, blatant

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How to use stark in a sentence?

  1. Greg Abbott:

    These numbers reveal a very stark reality. Covid-19 is not going away. In fact, it is getting worse.

  2. One AFRICOM official:

    We have gone from a unipolar world to realizing at best The US's bipolar, at worst it's multipolar, i would have a stark perspective. I think we are losing -- in Africa we are losing.

  3. Thomas Adams (1583-1652):

    Despair is hope stark dead, presumption is hope stark mad.

  4. Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

    Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.

  5. Onno Ruhl:

    The growth of business in India requires concerted action on several fronts - infrastructure, capital markets, trade facilitation and skills, the stark reality is that India remains a difficult place to do business.

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Translations for stark

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  • naprostý, silný, bouřlivý, krutý, pustý, naprosto, mocný, nepříznivý, zatvrzelý, dočista, tuhý, tvrdý, úplněCzech
  • stærkDanish
  • rígidoSpanish
  • sterkurFaroese
  • rigideFrench
  • निराHindi
  • gagliardo, assoluto, inflessibile, rigido, aspro, vero e proprio, robusto, forte, stecchito, furioso, selvaggio, desolato, violento, nudo, bell'e buono, completo, crudo, duro, puro e semplice, totaleItalian
  • 뚜렷한Korean
  • summaeLatin
  • sterkDutch
  • twardy, gwałtowny, sztywnyPolish
  • rigid, aspru, total, in intregime, dezolant, viguros, absolut, puternic, violent, dur, drastic, crudRomanian
  • silnýSlovak
  • స్టార్క్Telugu

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