stricken

adjective
strick·​en | \ ˈstri-kən How to pronounce stricken (audio) \

Definition of stricken

1a : afflicted or overwhelmed by or as if by disease, misfortune, or sorrow
b : made incapable or unfit rescuers were sent to the stricken ship
2 : hit or wounded by or as if by a missile the deer had been stricken by an arrow

Examples of stricken in a Sentence

I saw her stricken face looking up at us.
Recent Examples on the Web Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019 Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019 Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019 Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019 Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019 Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019 Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019 Crudup underplays well in what’s mostly a thankless role, while Quinn — who also sings the song heard over the end credits — shines in conveying Grace’s own stricken journey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Williams and Moore face off in melodramatic ‘After the Wedding’," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stricken

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stricken

Middle English striken, from past participle of striken to strike

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The first known use of stricken was in the 14th century

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10 Dec 2019

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“Stricken.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stricken. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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stricken

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English Language Learners Definition of stricken

: powerfully affected by disease, trouble, sorrow, etc.

stricken

adjective
strick·​en | \ ˈstri-kən How to pronounce stricken (audio) \

Kids Definition of stricken

1 : showing the effect of disease, misfortune, or sorrow a grief-stricken look
2 : hit or wounded by or as if by an object that was shot or thrown

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