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adjective [usually before noun] stark pronunciation in American English /stɑrk/
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  1. 2
    used for describing an unpleasant fact or situation that is very obvious or impossible to avoid
    stark reality:

    Too many community leaders seem unable to grasp this stark reality.

    stark choice:

    The stark choice is between moving out or staying here and paying more.

    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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