One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the ridge formed a stark silhouette against the sky’
sharply delineated, sharp, sharply defined, well focused, crisp, distinct, obvious, evident, clear, clear-cut, graphic, striking
2‘a stark landscape’
desolate, bare, barren, arid, vacant, empty, forsaken, godforsaken, bleak, dreary, gloomy, sombre, depressing, cheerless, joyless, uninviting, miserable, grim, harsh, oppressive, merciless
3‘an upright chair was the only furniture in the stark room’
austere, severe, bleak, plain, simple, bare, unadorned, unembellished, undecorated, uncomfortable
4‘he came running back in stark terror’
sheer, utter, complete, absolute, total, pure, perfect, positive, downright, out-and-out, outright
thorough, thoroughgoing, through and through, consummate, surpassing, veritable, rank, unequivocal, undeniable, unqualified, unmitigated, unalloyed, unadulterated, unmixed
5‘the stark fact is that the societies simply do not have the funds’
blunt, bald, bare, simple, straightforward, basic, plain, unadorned, unembellished, unvarnished, harsh, grim
1‘he was stark naked’
completely, totally, utterly, absolutely, downright, dead, entirely, wholly, fully, quite, altogether, simply, thoroughly, truly
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