in a harsh, grim, or desolate way: Working in the slums confronted us starkly with the sufferings of others.
extremely simply, sparely, or austerely: Even in wealthier households, bedrooms were starkly furnished, with just a bed and perhaps a chair and a small table.
in a blunt or sternly plain way, without softening: To put it more starkly, your great-grandmother was a common criminal.
in a way that is highly contrastive; distinctly or sharply: The case presents two starkly different views of mobile device targeting by advertisers.
completely or utterly; downright: We both know that it's starkly impossible to hide an operation as big as that from a spy system as good as theirs.
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How to use starkly in a sentence
With the promise of a shuffled lineup next spring, the Nationals could really use stark improvements from Robles’s spot in the order, whether it’s seventh, eight or near the top.A bulked-up Victor Robles had a down year. He’ll look to fine-tune his game in winter ball. | Jesse Dougherty | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Starting Thursday, I plan to watch almost every minute of the Masters — perhaps I will take breaks to eat — and probably enjoy the golf as much on television in stark November as in person in azalea April.In a grim year, a November Masters is something to be thankful for | Thomas M. Boswell | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
She’s a stark change from her predecessor Kassandra, who could charm any room of people and whose humor was infectious.
After all, when the power goes out in Don DeLillo’s new novel, “The Silence,” the guests at a Super Bowl party in Manhattan immediately go stark-raving mad.Jonathan Lethem’s ‘The Arrest’ imagines a kinder, gentler apocalypse | Ron Charles | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
The statistics paint a stark picture, but it’s a disparity that I’ve faced on a personal level too.Startup fundraising is the most tangible gender gap. How can we overcome it? | Walter Thompson | November 9, 2020 | TechCrunch
It reveals starkly what we are up against when it comes to Erdoğan.Turkish President Declares Lawrence of Arabia a Bigger Enemy than ISIS | Jamie Dettmer | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There are neat stacks of femurs and units that contain whole bodies, still intact and starkly white.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide? | Nina Strochlic | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities”—a perhaps admirable but starkly utopian goal.
But Jones, like most outrage-provoking commentators, starkly divides opinion.Feminist Flagellant: Liz Jones’s Surprising Brand of Tell-All | Emma Garman | July 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The terrain is at once starkly modern, and strangely retro in a pre-feminism Mad Men sort of way.How Americans Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Philandering Politicians | Michelle Cottle | July 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The brassy noonday fervor, blazing from an unclouded sky, starkly revealed every detail.Cursed | George Allan England
His very deficiencies bring out starkly certain qualities that lurk suppressed and hidden in us all.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
He folded his arms and rose starkly from the chair, his beard all a-bristle, his deep little eyes glaring.The Keepers of the King's Peace | Edgar Wallace
starkly exposed and black under the foot of these cliffs were the mouths of several caves.Tales of Space and Time | Herbert George Wells
He knew starkly that this time he would have to go through with a killing, or else give up this line of research.Man of Many Minds | E. Everett Evans