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stark

adjective uk   /stɑːk/  us   /stɑːrk/
empty, simple, or obvious, especially without decoration or anything that is not necessary: It was a stark room with a bed and chair as the only furniture. The stark reality is that we are operating at a huge loss. In the suburbs the spacious houses stand in stark (= extreme) contrast to the slums of the city's poor.
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starkness
noun [U] uk   /ˈstɑːk.nəs/  us   /ˈstɑːrk-/

stark

adverb uk   /stɑːk/  us   /stɑːrk/
completely or extremely: The children were splashing in the river, stark naked. I think he's stark raving mad (UK also stark staring mad) to spend his time watching trains!
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