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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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 During the drug-ridden 1980s, traffickers imported contraband in speedboats under cover of night, stashing the loot in riverside warehouses. Nick Madigan, New York Times, "Along Miami River, Derelict Bait Shops Give Way to Luxury Condos," 30 Jan. 2018 Few entities in sports or entertainment have honed soulless cynicism to as fine a point as FIFA, the international, scandal-ridden soccer federation. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Workers Cup’ Review: Laboring on and off the Pitch," 5 July 2018 The worm-ridden areas lie at the end of this cascade of neglect. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 Even in his scandal-ridden presidency, Trump has managed to change the language of our democracy. Paul Thornton, latimes.com, "Why Mueller will remain Trump's menace," 19 May 2018 The tension reached its peak July 5, when Kardashian repeatedly posted graphic and expletive-ridden content about his ex on social media — including three naked photos — while accusing her of drug use, alcohol abuse and infidelity. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Rob Kardashian Turns 31: Inside His Secluded Life and Focus on Fatherhood," 17 Mar. 2018 For 30 long years Hank’s wife and partner Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) has been lost in the quantum realm, which resembles a polyp-ridden aquarium; daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) yearns for her, as does Hank. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: With Paul Rudd, here’s one infestation we can get behind," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of ridden

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ridden was in 1587

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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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