Definitions

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  • adj. shocked; dismayed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shocked; dismayed.

Etymologies

heart +‎ stricken (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When her father learned of it, he wrote a letter to her heartstricken mother: I was sometime expecting it and yet it grieves me more the more I think of it.

    Cavalryman of the Lost Cause

  • And he lied again about the reason for attacking Iraq in 1991â€hardly to defend the integrity of Kuwait can one imagine Bush heartstricken over Iraq’s taking of Kuwait?

    Think Progress » Murtha Raises Alarm Over Study Group, Warns ‘Kissinger Came Out With The Same Type of Thing’

  • It was the threat of the convent that finally won the assent of bewildered and heartstricken Pierre Robillard.

    Gone with the Wind

  • The eyes tire of the sickening scene, and the mind turns from this revolting field of blood, and we return heartstricken to our camp.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade

  • I gave her a little memento from her husband, and left the poor heartstricken, crushed spirit.

    A Woman's Life-Work — Labors and Experiences

  • "I want nothing, mother," I said, in a low, heartstricken tone, "save to be allowed to live my own life and to have a Career."

    Bab: A Sub-Deb

  • So he touched her no more, but only lay there mute and motionless; and from his look one might plumb the sorrows of his soul and know how shocked he was, and how grieved and heartstricken!

    Europe Revised

  • Jefferson, of Madison, and Monroe; whilst the heartstricken Southerners who remained, did not tear their hair and rend their garments, but prayed on their knees that the God of Battles would award the victory to the just cause.

    Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19-th Century America

  • During those last days, while the precious life yet lingered, my tears, my words, and everything I did bore witness to my heartstricken repentance.

    The Country Doctor

  • "I find this gruesome reality - one where soldiers point their guns at heartstricken families of their comrades in arms - absolutely devastating and regrettable," said Chung Hae-kyung, 65, father of a missing lieutenant.

    ajc.com - News

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