rid·​den | \ˈri-dᵊn \

Definition of ridden 

1 : harassed, oppressed, or obsessed by usually used in combination guilt-riddendebt-ridden

2 : excessively full of or supplied with usually used in combination slum-ridden

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McGuffin was bed-ridden and recovering from a serious flesh-eating infection when, according to the lawsuit, Smitley entered her apartment without notice or permission and demanded that McGuffin leave. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Judge: Landlord must pay $220,000 for discriminating against ill tenant," 11 July 2018 Indonesia has a decades-old history of official corruption and is one of the most graft-ridden nations in Asia. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "Indonesia’s Order to Foreign Workers: Learn the Language," 23 June 2018 An independent mayoral candidate was gunned down in the conflict-ridden rural town of Aguililla in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "2 mayoral candidates killed in Mexico, 18 dead so far," 21 June 2018 Swedish hook-ridden duo Galantis have announced two new songs coming Friday. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Galantis Tease 'Satisfied' & 'Mama Look at Me Now' Coming Friday," 9 July 2018 On the other side, the mass of the people led wretched lives, and short ones, worked to death in the cramped, disease-ridden, filthy new industrial cities. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Times, "A History of the British Empire at Its Peak," 30 Mar. 2018 And in Milwaukee, one of America’s most segregated, poverty-ridden cities, the success of the city itself is in some ways tied to the future of its most vulnerable residents. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How UWM peer Georgia State figured out how to graduate more black students," 16 Jan. 2018 And this remoteness creates a gulf between those caught in the crossfire — the people represented by Kromplyas’s bullet-ridden silhouettes — and those living in the peaceful rest of the country. David L. Stern, Washington Post, "War in eastern Ukraine now seems a distant storm to Kiev," 26 June 2018 Inside the gym the thin, dry air of Albuquerque's desert gave way to a thicker, stench-ridden variety, heavy with hard work. William D'urso, latimes.com, "Whether amateurs or the sport's best, MMA fighters flock to an Albuquerque gym known for producing champions," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of ridden

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ridden

: filled with or containing something unpleasant or unwanted


rid·​den | \ˈrid-ᵊn \

Kids Definition of ridden

: extremely concerned with or burdened by guilt-ridden poverty-ridden

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