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Definition of stricken adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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. 2(in compounds) seriously affected by the thing mentioned poverty-stricken families see also grief-stricken, panic-stricken