Definition of stricken in US English:

stricken

  • past participle of strike (sense 2 of the verb,

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

Phrases

  • stricken in years

    • archaic Old and feeble.

      • ‘Now King David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he could get no heat.’
      • ‘He was well stricken in years, and his days were numbered, and the mind was now engaged in following the backward tract of an eventful life, and apparently oblivious of the present sad surroundings.’
      • ‘When they were stricken in years, betwixt 70 and 80, there was a great election betwixt Hungerford and Putchin for the County of Leicester, such a one as never was before nor never since.’
      • ‘Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well stricken in years.’
      • ‘As for these men who are stricken in years, their loins are as tender as those of a young animal that cannot walk.’

Pronunciation

stricken

/ˈstrɪkən//ˈstrikən/