Definition of ridden
1 : harassed, oppressed, or obsessed by —usually used in combination guilt-ridden debt-ridden
2 : excessively full of or supplied with —usually used in combination slum-ridden
Recent Examples of ridden from the Web
Provide for reburial of remains exhumed from the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a scandal-ridden institution closed by the state.
Two crime-ridden motels on East 87th Street in south Kansas City have been demolished, as development of Cerner’s giant office campus continues.
Schmitt’s view of politics as conflict-ridden lends itself to authoritarianism.
Those aggressive expansion plans contrast with what’s happening at the likes of British Airways or labor strife-ridden Air France -- not to mention insolvent Alitalia.
These countries, with their effective law enforcement and an absence of widespread armed conflict, are much better placed to meet any such demand than conflict-ridden Afghanistan.
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First Known Use of ridden
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Definition of ridden for English Language Learners
: filled with or containing something unpleasant or unwanted
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Definition of ridden for Students
: extremely concerned with or burdened by guilt-ridden poverty-ridden
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