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Definition of "stricken" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stricken" in a sentence
  • "A moment later they began to play the ethereal string tremolo that introduces "The Blue Danube," and as that first familiar phrase rose on the French horn, people rose to their feet in stricken silence."
  • "Has freedom of speech been stricken from the constitution?"
  • "That answer was stricken from the record by the judge, Gerald I. Fisher, apparently because Arevalos had been in jail and did not have direct knowledge of what happened to the items."