from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past participle of strike.
  • adj. Struck or wounded, as by a projectile.
  • adj. Affected by something overwhelming, such as disease, trouble, or painful emotion.
  • adj. Incapacitated; disabled.
  • adj. Having the contents made even with the top of a measuring device or container; level: a stricken measure of flour.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. struck by something.
  • adj. disabled or incapacitated by something.
  • adj. removed or rubbed out.
  • adj. having its name removed from a country's naval register, e.g. the United States Naval Vessel Register.
  • v. Past participle of strike

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Struck; smitten; wounded.
  • Worn out; far gone; advanced. See Strike, v. t., 21.
  • Whole; entire; -- said of the hour as marked by the striking of a clock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Struck; smitten: as, the stricken deer.
  • Advanced; far gone.

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

  • adj. (used in combination) affected by something overwhelming
  • adj. grievously affected especially by disease
  • adj. put out of action (by illness)


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  • Grievously affected by something overwhelming

    Ex: stricken poverty

    November 20, 2007