Definition of stricken in English:

stricken

verb

  • North American or archaic past participle of strike

adjective

  • 1Seriously affected by an undesirable condition or unpleasant feeling.

    ‘the pilot landed the stricken aircraft’
    ‘Raymond was stricken with grief’
    [in combination] ‘the farms were drought-stricken’
    • ‘Suddenly stricken with the urge to reach out and touch him, she did just that.’
    • ‘Though twice stricken with paralysis, he labored steadily until the fall of 1832.’
    • ‘God, whose plan is ineffable, foreordained that the heart of Jesus would be stricken with seven afflictions.’
    • ‘The pressure of school tests is forcing children stricken with serious infections into school to sit exams.’
    • ‘She was stricken with immense pain and she immediately covered the injured optic orb with her hands.’
    • ‘When my dad was just a boy he was stricken with polio and forced to stay in a hospital for several years.’
    • ‘Then in 2001, she was stricken with a yearlong illness and as a consequence lost her job.’
    • ‘Thomas was stricken with a headache so bad that it necessitated his removal from the flight.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, she was stricken with typhoid fever the second month in service.’
    • ‘Anchorage and Oakton were stricken with fire, enclosed in a vast terrain of darkness.’
    • ‘The weather was poor, and Henry's army was short of provisions, exhausted, and badly stricken with dysentery.’
    • ‘There's the dashing hero, a former pilot stricken with impending blindness who stoically refuses to be pitied.’
    • ‘He tried to protest, but he found that the right of him was stricken with sharp, slicing pain.’
    • ‘He began perspiring, his hair stood on end, and he was understandably stricken with fear.’
    • ‘In the days before her death she deteriorated quickly after being stricken with pneumonia.’
    • ‘She glanced over her shoulder, stricken with a new feeling of jealousy.’
    • ‘Later he was stricken with grief for his mother, who died after a long slide into dementia.’
    • ‘So it is in the dog days of August when we are stricken with the feeling that there's nothing new under the sun.’
    • ‘Two men stricken with the plague were going from merchant to merchant begging.’
    • ‘Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.’
    troubled, affected, deeply affected, afflicted, struck, hit, injured, wounded
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    1. 1.1(of a person's face or look) showing great distress.
      ‘she looked at Anne's stricken face, contorted with worry’
      • ‘Casting one last stricken look at her, he ducked his head and ran towards the door.’
      • ‘Less than a full hour into my set, the club owner burst into the DJ booth, a stricken look on his face.’
      • ‘Instead, I took one look at your stricken face and ran all the way to Piccadilly Circus.’
      • ‘Christy looked up at him and gave him such a fear stricken look that he felt powerful.’
      • ‘He had a pale, stricken look on his face by the time we reached the school's spacious hall.’
      • ‘The young man looked stricken and alarmed, jumping up quickly to hold out a hand.’
      • ‘Her face was stricken with fear until she calmed down and saw that we were on her side.’
      • ‘The young woman paled, her expression stricken as she looked down at his daughter.’
      • ‘A stricken look crossed her face, and the danger to her and Bella really struck home.’
      • ‘Seth caught a brief glimpse of her tear stricken face before she ran past him.’
      • ‘Brian's face took on a stricken appearance, but he turned and walked off without a sound.’
      • ‘He looked as stricken as I felt, remorse and guilt printed subtly on his patrician face.’
      • ‘The stricken look on his face tells us that the narcissist has no answer and never will.’
      • ‘With a final stricken look at his uncomprehending face, Olivia steps out into the rain.’
      • ‘Still she saw the stricken look on Ali's face and tears came to her eyes.’
      • ‘Her voice was stricken with sadness, but I could also sense that she was worried.’
      • ‘He collapsed onto another chair and covered his tear stricken face with his hands.’
      • ‘When she opened her dark eyes they glistened with unshed tears, round in her pale and stricken face.’
      • ‘One of the most arresting images in this exhibition is the stricken face of a young woman.’
      • ‘His face was stricken with age, profound ringlets encircling his deep golden eyes.’

Pronunciation:

stricken

/ˈstrɪk(ə)n/