One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a way that is severe or harsh in appearance or outline.‘the scar stood out starkly against his bronzed skin’‘a starkly lit warehouse’
- ‘The most graphic and abstract of the works on display had predominantly white images starkly silhouetted against dark backgrounds.’
- ‘Narrow decks with ship-like railings look down on a starkly plain, half-moon courtyard, empty except for two dead trees.’
- ‘This enthralling scene unfolds against a starkly white sky.’
- ‘A delicate paper triptych used pencil and blood to define three starkly outlined, centralized flowers.’
- ‘They began using colour expressively, rather than to define space on the canvas, painting starkly simplified landscapes in brilliant colours.’
- 1.1 In an unpleasantly or sharply clear way.‘her motivations contrast starkly with Clara's’‘their ordeal starkly illustrates an inescapable reality’‘the class divisions of the country were starkly revealed’
- ‘They are singing their praises for the starkly dualistic moral judgements that have defined this administration's foreign policy.’
- ‘The company's hardball approach has starkly highlighted the way America's tobacco politics have come to Britain.’
- ‘She had written Nin a starkly honest letter in which she revealed how important Nin's work was to her.’
- ‘The government's capacity to respond to crises has been severely eroded, a fact that has emerged starkly in recent days.’
- ‘The growth of economic inequality has been starkly evident in the auto industry.’
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