adjective, stark·er, stark·est.
Origin of stark
Related Words for starkestsimple, blunt, desolate, austere, harsh, depressing, grim, bleak, abrupt, arrant, bald, bare, blessed, complete, confounded, consummate, downright, entire, firm, flagrant
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Contemporary Examples of starkest
Eventually, in perhaps the starkest act of discrimination here, much of the road was closed to Palestinians altogether in 1994."Obama, Come Here To Hebron"
March 20, 2013
“It allows us to frame the contrast in the starkest terms possible,” a senior leadership aide said.The Democrats Target Millionaires
October 7, 2011
Historical Examples of starkest
Word Origin for stark
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).