Definition of grief-stricken in English:



  • Overcome with deep sorrow.

    • ‘But shortly after their honeymoon Dorothy died and Berlin, grief-stricken, went to Europe.’
    • ‘And his grief-stricken son-in-law, Robert Carroll said he was a man of conviction who was loved and respected by those closest to him.’
    • ‘Afterwards he talked to the young man's grief-stricken father.’
    • ‘The couple were left grief-stricken after the tragedy which claimed the life of their son and his best friend.’
    • ‘The victim's grief-stricken aunt said other teenagers should take heed of the accident and not treat trial bikes as toys.’
    • ‘Throughout the day, grief-stricken fellow pupils laid flowers at the main entrance of the school with many breaking down in tears.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people went to the cemetery as news of the onslaught spread, and grief-stricken relatives were still turning up 24 hours later.’
    • ‘In these post-tsunami times, with nonstop images of tiny outstretched hands and grief-stricken eyes on the television, most of us feel a yearning to do something to help.’
    • ‘She was a woman of great courage and she will long be remembered by her grief-stricken family and also the many people whose lives she touched down the years.’
    • ‘Yesterday, her grief-stricken parents said their last goodbye to their daughter at her funeral in Cootehhill.’
    • ‘My father was grief-stricken and couldn't cope, so I was passed around aunts and uncles for a few years.’
    • ‘As the thunder continued to rumble overhead, grief-stricken residents wiped tears from their eyes as they stood to read the many messages of condolence.’
    • ‘They were sad, of course, but not grief-stricken.’
    • ‘‘He died the way he lived - having fun,’ said his grief-stricken mother, Caroline.’
    • ‘Her grief-stricken sisters tried to help her but she was inconsolable.’
    • ‘A grief-stricken widow took her own life six months after the death of her husband - and just days after she had been sent home from her job of 20 years.’
    • ‘Churches in the grief-stricken communities of Camblesforth and Strensall will open their doors tomorrow to offer spiritual support for villagers.’
    • ‘As the ceremony unfolded, grief-stricken relatives clung to each other for support inside a specially erected marquee.’
    • ‘His mother and brother look on, grief-stricken.’
    • ‘The grief-stricken parents of a schoolboy found hanged in his bedroom insisted yesterday he had not been the victim of bullying.’
    sorrowful, overcome with sorrow, heavy with grief, sorrowing, miserable, sad, anguished, pained, distressed, tormented, suffering, heartbroken, broken-hearted, heartsick, woeful, doleful, desolate, despondent, dejected, despairing, devastated, upset, inconsolable, dismal, angst-ridden, mortified, wretched, crushed
    mourning, grieving, mournful, bereaved, lamenting
    remorseful, regretful, pining
    cut up
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/ˈɡrēf ˈˌstrikən/