stricken

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adjective strick·en \ˈstri-kən\

Definition of stricken

  1. 1a :  afflicted or overwhelmed by or as if by disease, misfortune, or sorrowb :  made incapable or unfit rescuers were sent to the stricken ship

  2. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


STRICKEN Defined for English Language Learners

stricken

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adjective strick·en \ˈstri-kən\

Definition of stricken for English Language Learners

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


STRICKEN Defined for Kids

stricken

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adjective strick·en \ˈstri-kən\

Definition of stricken for Students

  1. 1 :  showing the effect of disease, misfortune, or sorrow a grief-stricken look

  2. 2 :  hit or wounded by or as if by an object that was shot or thrown



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