from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ridden by a hag or witch

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ridden by hags or witches, as a horse.
  • Afflicted with nightmare.
  • Entangled; involved.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tormented or harassed by nightmares or unreasonable fears
  • adj. tormented or harassed by nightmares or unreasonable fears


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  • Then why did he allow himself to be hag-ridden to his ruin by such a creature?

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • That age above all others was hag-ridden by what C.S. Lewis (in the persona of Screwtape) mockingly called ‘the Historical Point of View.'

    The little old daddy from Arizona

  • And look at you: you're looking more decrepit and hag-ridden every day.

    My Family and Other Animals

  • Also, he was hag-ridden by ideas and ideals and without contact with the real world.

    Jack London's Nonfiction Collection of Unpublished Book Forwards

  • In his view, Johnson felt permanently hag-ridden by guilt, by fear of divine punishment, by self-loathing at his own laziness and greed and inadequacy, and also (this being my own interpretation of the case as presented) by his very failure to feel that guilt and fear strongly enough.

    Demons and Dictionaries

  • He was neither overlorded by sentiment nor hag-ridden by imagination.


  • China, proclaimed the New York Times, is “hag-ridden by the malignant woman.”

    Devil Dog

  • As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.

    Story pick: Before fear and loathing, a job search

  • Van thinks that it's likelier that someone with an extremely powerful Gift of some kind and a tendency to deep depression will be lifebonded than someone who is not so burdened and hag-ridden.

    Widows and Orphans

  • Can we not inspire peace — not this hag-ridden, ghost-hackled perturb of an existence?

    Boing Boing


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