When I was reading, I noticed that some adjectives can be understood in different possible ways.
For example, the word “stark” in the sentence though he appeared the image of stark and uncompromising severity.
If looked up in a dictionary, “stark” can be explained as “complete and total”, or “unpleasant;real, and impossible to avoid”. Both meanings seem to fit in the sentence.
So I am wondering, how to tell the exact meaning of a word in a sentence? How can I know I’m not misunderstanding the text?