stricken

adjective strick·en \ ˈstri-kən \

Definition of stricken

1 a : 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

  1. I saw her stricken face looking up at us.

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Origin and Etymology of stricken

Middle English striken, from past participle of striken to strike


STRICKEN Defined for English Language Learners

stricken

adjective

Definition of stricken for English Language Learners

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


STRICKEN Defined for Kids

stricken

adjective strick·en \ ˈstri-kən \

Definition of stricken for Students

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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