It is from Crash Course World History. It is at 1 minute and 7 second. Here is the context:

In the most stark terms, the absence of food led the deaths, difectly and indirectly, of 20 million peopledufing those years.

I checked all the meanings of the words in the phrase, but still I cannot get what it means.

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    Please don't just say "I checked all the meanings". Instead, include the research in your question and tell us how the definitions you've found don't fit. Always check multiple dictionaries as well.
    – user3395
    Jul 28, 2018 at 22:13
  • The sentence is full of spelling errors.What meanings did you check?
    – Lambie
    Jul 28, 2018 at 22:24

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It just means that the narrator is speaking in the strongest or most severe possible terms. He doesn't want to pull any punches.

One meaning of stark (The Free Dictionary Online) is

Severe or unmitigated; harsh or grim

You can see how the deaths of 20 million people might warrant such terms.


stark can also mean "with all nuance stripped away; in black-or-white terms with no shades of gray". The word is being used there to characterize the statement in the main clause, which attributes those 20 million deaths to a single cause, starvation from lack of food.

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