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view main entry for starkadjective [usually before noun]  /stɑː(r)k/ 
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noun [uncountable]
starkness noun [uncountable]Ugliness and unattractiveness: severity, plainness, starkness, ugliness, unsightliness, unattractivenessThe quality of not being pleasant or enjoyable: unpleasantness, tawdriness, offensiveness, starkness, awfulness, bleakness, grimness, grottinessThe quality of being serious, severe or extreme: severity, gravity, extremity, austerity, seriousness, savageness, explosiveness, starkness, acutenessObvious: obvious, clear, significant, plain, visible, noticeable, pronounced, self-evident, observable, blatant

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