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"stark" in British English

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starkadjective

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 ​hugeloss. In the ​suburbs the ​spacioushousesstand in stark (= ​extreme) contrast to the ​slums of the city's ​poor.
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starkness
noun [U] uk   /ˈstɑːk.nəs/  us   /ˈstɑːrk-/

starkadverb

uk   /stɑːk/  us   /stɑːrk/
completely or ​extremely: The ​children were ​splashing in the ​river, stark naked. If I didn't ​exercise, I ​think I'd go ravingmad (UK also stark staringmad) from ​sitting at a ​desk all ​day.
(Definition of stark from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stark" in American English

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starkadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /stɑrk/
empty or without ​decoration: stark ​whitewalls Stark also ​meanscompletelyclear: The ​dimhalls made a stark ​contrast with the ​bright, sun-drenched ​apartment.stark naked Someone who is stark ​naked is not ​wearing any ​clothes.
(Definition of stark from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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