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 Such a deal might include extending unemployment benefits, the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, and moratoriums on evictions for renters, and also provide some more help for stricken states and municipalities. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Biggest Challenge Facing Joe Biden’s New Economic Team," 1 Dec. 2020 South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni again expressed his doubts about the need for a national airline less than a month after agreeing to find the cash for a 10.5 billion rand ($685 million) bailout of the stricken carrier. John Bowker,, "South African Finance Minister Questions Own Airline Bailout," 23 Nov. 2020 With recent tests showing bamlanivimab can reduce the disease’s severity, the hospital is hoping its initial allocation of 14 treatments will help return some of its stricken staff return to good health — and to work. Don Stacom,, "New COVID-19 treatment comes to Connecticut hospitals, but it’s in highly limited supply and helpful only to some patients," 19 Nov. 2020 So what if Diane sometimes likes to go down in the basement with a glass of wine and watch old home movies with a stricken, inscrutable smile on her face? Leah Greenblatt,, "Sarah Paulson is a mom unhinged in Hulu's high-camp thriller Run: Review," 18 Nov. 2020 Firefighters’ spokesman Ruben Tellez said at least one additional person died in Guatemala on Sunday when a small plane went down while carrying emergency supplies to the stricken area. The Associated Press,, "Tropical Storm Eta makes landfall in Florida Keys, expected to strengthen in Gulf," 9 Nov. 2020 Then the government swiftly reopened the country, desperate to boost its stricken economy. Fox News, "Iran announces its virus death toll passes 30,000 killed," 17 Oct. 2020 In fact, even as the coronavirus spreads through the rural regions, other parts of India are loosening containment restrictions to help the stricken economy. New York Times, "‘Rural Surge’ Propels India Toward More Covid-19 Infections Than U.S.," 8 Oct. 2020 Few news outlets published the 9/11 image by AP photographer Richard Drew of one person who jumped to his death from the a stricken skyscraper. Stuart Palley, National Geographic, "They capture the apocalyptic skies," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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11 Dec 2020

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“Stricken.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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