Definition of stricken
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 : 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 of stricken from the Web
Nobody, at this juncture, seems more stricken than Firth.
In the face of the terrorist attacks, Mr. Sarkozy projects aggression and pugnacity where Mr. Hollande merely looks stricken and concerned.
There’s death in his skin tone, but his face is alive with a kind of stricken fixity.
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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
Definition of stricken for English Language Learners
: powerfully affected by disease, trouble, sorrow, etc.
STRICKEN Defined for Kids
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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