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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In the premiere of this work, Cycles of My Being by composer Tyshawn Sorey and poet Terrance Hayes, Brownlee repurposed his remarkably solid middle-high tessitura to angst-ridden ends. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "In world premiere, looking in the mirror with Opera Philadelphia's Lawrence Brownlee," 21 Feb. 2018 And fault-ridden Meg Murry — spiky, unlikable Meg Murry, who feels like a monster in her glasses and braces — is what makes the whole thing work so well. Constance Grady, Vox, "A Wrinkle in Time is a joyous celebration of its heroine’s anger," 29 Nov. 2018 Even a drama-ridden divorce couldn't get in the way of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's love for their daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's Relationship With Their Kids," 28 Aug. 2018 The California legislature has passed a bill that would ban for-profit charter schools in the state, a big step toward cleaning up what has become a scandal-ridden sector. Valerie Strauss, The Seattle Times, "Will California Gov. Brown ban for-profit charter schools?," 27 Aug. 2018 The back and forth is illustrative of the angst-ridden debate going on across the state. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s two-tunnel Delta project is back on track with SoCal water district’s vote," 10 Apr. 2018 An independent mayoral candidate, Omar Gómez Lucatero, was fatally shot in the conflict-ridden town of Aguililla, where drug gangs and vigilantes have been active, in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 21, 2018," 21 June 2018 Now sobered up, Hickey is trying to convince his fellow barflies to stop clinging to their pipe dreams, and Washington imbues his character with searing delusion, guilt-ridden desperation, and a hint of menace. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Picks and predictions for the Tonys," 8 June 2018 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

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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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