But in a June 15 letter to their party leaders, 77 House Republican first-termers were starkly unambiguous.
The experience left her with a deep sense that some stories were starkly divided between right and wrong.
Spirituality aside, however, the whole called-to-run line confers practical advantages in the starkly temporal realm of politics.
There are neat stacks of femurs and units that contain whole bodies, still intact and starkly white.
I might have thought that this starkly dramatic decrease in families on welfare would make right-wingers happy.
There black ruin faced them starkly; here doomed things awaited mutely.
It was a wild attempt to secure proof of the starkly impossible.
The barn roof was starkly white in the early morning gloom, and the earth was snow-covered.
But life is life and starkly real if not essentially earnest.
starkly exposed and black under the foot of these cliffs were the mouths of several caves.
Old English stearc "stiff, strong" (related to starian "to stare"), from Proto-Germanic *starkaz (cf. Old Norse sterkr, Old Frisian sterk, Middle Dutch starc, Old High German starah, German stark, Gothic *starks), from PIE root *ster- "stiff, rigid" (see stare).
Meaning "utter, sheer, complete" first recorded c.1400, perhaps from influence of common phrase stark dead (late 14c.), with stark mistaken as an intensive adjective. Sense of "bare, barren" is from 1833. Stark naked (1520s) is from Middle English start naked (early 13c.), from Old English steort "tail, rump." Hence British slang starkers "naked" (1923).