- 1seriously affected by an unpleasant feeling or disease or by a difficult situation She raised her stricken face and begged for help. We went to the aid of the stricken boat. stricken with/by something Whole villages were stricken with the disease. He was stricken by a heart attack on his fiftieth birthday.
- 2(in compounds) seriously affected by the thing mentioned poverty-stricken families see also grief-stricken, panic-stricken