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 Spectrum Health is grateful for the flexibility, dedication and generosity of its team members, many of whom have volunteered to take extra shifts for stricken colleagues. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 Scott stopped the show at least three times to ask for help for stricken concertgoers, audience members Nick Johnson and Angel Rodriguez told CNN. Travis Caldwell, Rosa Flores And Joe Sutton, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 The stricken content-delivery company in that case, Fastly, blamed a software bug triggered by a customer who changed a setting. The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Oct. 2021 Wijesekera, the fisheries minister, suspended fishing in the area around the stricken ship and said compensation would be provided to those whose jobs were affected by the disaster. Helen Regan And Sophie Jeong, CNN, 1 June 2021 His stricken face told them that something was wrong. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 The outbreak of violence is the worst seen in the city since 2008, according to observers, threatening to plunge the stricken country into further turmoil. Guy Davies, ABC News, 14 Oct. 2021 The stricken Chinese property giant has now skipped at least five interest payments. David Meyer, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2021 The stricken Grand Princess docked off Bay Area as COVID was just hitting. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Sep. 2021

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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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10 Jan 2022

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“Stricken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of stricken

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


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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