Stark means "complete or extreme," like the stark contrast between your music taste — punk and weird metal — and your mom's, with all her 1950's doo-wop favorites.

In describing a place, stark means "providing no shelter or sustenance." A barren desert or a room with no furniture or curtains is stark. It can also mean "severe, stern, or austere," like the stark beauty of the rocky cliffs in the west of Ireland. Stark can also be used to mean "totally." If you are called stark, raving mad, there's no question about it: you are acting completely crazy.

Definitions of stark

adj severely simple

“a stark interior”
austere, severe, stern
not elaborate or elaborated; simple

adj complete or extreme

stark poverty”
“a stark contrast”
beyond reasonable limits

adj providing no shelter or sustenance

“a stark landscape”
bare, barren, bleak, desolate
unfavorable to life or growth

adj devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

“facing the stark reality of the deadline”
blunt, crude
unconditional, unconditioned
not conditional

adj without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, thoroughgoing, unadulterated, utter
not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier

adv completely

stark mad”
“mouth stark open”

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