stricken adjective definition in Being ill topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

stricken

 adjective: Being ill topic
1 seriously 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