Definition of starkness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    starkness

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈstɑːknəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɑːrknəs//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1a severe appearance without colour or decoration the starkness of modernist architecture
  2. 2the fact of being unpleasant, real and impossible to avoid the starkness of loss and grief