What is the meaning of stricken?


  • Deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon.
    • usage: "The teacher struck the child"; "the opponent refused to strike"; "The boxer struck the attacker dead"
  • Have an emotional or cognitive impact upon.
    • usage: "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
  • Hit against; come into sudden contact with.
    • usage: "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow"
  • Make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target.
    • usage: "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939"; "We must strike the enemy's oil fields"; "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"
  • Indicate (a certain time) by striking.
    • usage: "The clock struck midnight"; "Just when I entered, the clock struck"
  • Affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely.
    • usage: "We were hit by really bad weather"; "He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager"; "The earthquake struck at midnight"
  • Stop work in order to press demands.
    • usage: "The auto workers are striking for higher wages"; "The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met"
  • Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly.
    • usage: "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"
  • Attain.
    • usage: "The horse finally struck a pace"
  • Produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically.
    • usage: "The pianist strikes a middle C"; "strike `z' on the keyboard"; "her comments struck a sour note"
  • Cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp.
    • usage: "strike an arc"
  • Find unexpectedly.
    • usage: "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
  • Produce by ignition or a blow.
    • usage: "strike fire from the flintstone"; "strike a match"
  • Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line.
    • usage: "Please strike this remark from the record"; "scratch that remark"
  • Cause to experience suddenly.
    • usage: "Panic struck me"; "An interesting idea hit her"; "A thought came to me"; "The thought struck terror in our minds"; "They were struck with fear"
  • Drive something violently into a location.
    • usage: "he hit his fist on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"
  • Occupy or take on.
    • usage: "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
  • Form by stamping, punching, or printing.
    • usage: "strike coins"; "strike a medal"
  • Smooth with a strickle.
    • usage: "strickle the grain in the measure"
  • Pierce with force.
    • usage: "The bullet struck her thigh"; "The icy wind struck through our coats"
  • Arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing.
    • usage: "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"


  • Grievously affected especially by disease.
  • Used in combination. ( affected by something overwhelming)
    • usage: "conscience-smitten"; "awe-struck"
  • Put out of action (by illness. ).
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