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adjective [usually before noun] stark pronunciation in British English /stɑː(r)k/
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  1. 1
    used for describing a building or scene that is very clear and plain to look at, often in a slightly unpleasant or frightening way
    She disliked the stark brick walls and the steel window frames.
    The hill formed a stark silhouette against the sky.
  2. 2
    used for describing an unpleasant fact or situation that is very obvious or impossible to avoid
    stark choice: The stark choice is between moving out or staying here and paying more.
    stark reality: Too many community leaders seem unable to grasp this stark reality.
    1. a.
      extreme and obvious
      There still remained one stark difference between the two men.
      in stark contrast: His words were in stark contrast to what he had said earlier.


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The bare trees stood out starkly in the snow.
These figures starkly illustrate the poor performance of the British economy.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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