- Bare or blunt: "His language has become increasingly stark, to the point of sounding strident” ( Robert Pear).
- Complete or utter; extreme: stark poverty; a stark contrast.
- Harsh; grim: "faced with that stark future” ( Robert C. McFarlane). "[They] found it hard to accept such a stark portrait of unrelieved failure” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- Utterly; entirely: stark raving mad.