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Origin of grief-stricken
Words nearby grief-stricken
What does grief-stricken mean?
Grief-stricken means overwhelmed or strongly affected by grief—mental or emotional suffering or distress caused by loss or regret.
It’s especially used to describe a person who is feeling intense sorrow and loss from the death of a loved one.
The word stricken is the past participle of the verb strike, but it can also be used as an adjective meaning the same thing as afflicted.
The word grief can also be used in the context of other situations involving loss, such as a divorce or the loss of a job, but grief-stricken is usually only used to describe those who are feeling grief due to a death. In other words, those who are grief-stricken are usually those who are grieving or mourning.
Example: She was absolutely grief-stricken after the loss of her mother.
Where does grief-stricken come from?
The first records of the term grief-stricken come from around 1900. The word grief is first recorded much earlier, around 1200, and ultimately comes from the Latin verb gravāre, meaning “to burden,” from gravis, “heavy.” The same root forms the basis of the words gravity and the adjective grave meaning “serious.”
People who are grief–sticken—and those who try to help them deal with their grief—often become familiar with the popular theory that there are five stages of grief, which was developed by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. According to Kübler-Ross, the five stages of grief are:
- Denial (This stage involves difficulty believing that what has happened is real.)
- Anger (This involves frustration that it has happened to you.)
- Bargaining (This can involve thinking about “what if” and trying to find some way out of what has happened.)
- Depression. (This involves the sorrow that comes with the realization that what has happened is real and nothing can be done to change it.)
- Acceptance. (This stage involves accepting what has happened and attempting to move on.)
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How is grief-stricken used in real life?
Grief-stricken is almost always used to describe someone who is overwhelmed with sorrow after the death of a loved one.
These three grief-stricken parents have visited nearly 2,000 south suburban students to talk about how their children lost their lives to opioid addiction. https://t.co/oKMFT7tMFw
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) December 15, 2018
And this is the conservative('s?) estimate: FT says 60,000.
Either way, a dreadful, dreadful tragedy: so many grief-stricken families: the majority of these losses avoidable! https://t.co/1uFP6VcU8A
— A C Grayling #FBPE 3.5% #Reform #Rejoin🐟 (@acgrayling) June 5, 2020
Last night at the vigil, someone had a really red, grief-stricken face and I reached out and put my hand on their shoulder and they bawled
— 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕 (@mathewrodriguez) June 14, 2016
Try using grief-stricken!
Is grief-stricken used correctly in the following sentence?
To all the families who are grief-stricken over the loss of a loved one, I offer you my sincere condolences.
Example sentences from the Web for grief-stricken
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.
It warps them and yet makes them, and horrifies them both as it does so—just as grief does.
Energy is sucked from them, the world around them becomes impossible—the Babadook of grief and loss exerts its force everywhere.
The grief in this house is extreme of course; this is a horror movie, after all.
Amelia says some truly terrible things to Sam, supposedly inhabited by the Babadook but really consumed in grief.
A little boy of four was moved to passionate grief at the sight of a dead dog taken from a pond.Children's Ways|James Sully
Two artillery subalterns who had fought their way through a mob stricken with panic for the moment, soon arrived.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
They wanted Papa and Mamma, gone to Bombay beyond the seas, and their grief while it lasted was without remedy.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
She didn't move for a minute, and the shocked, stricken look in her eyes grew more intense.
Then I hesitated no longer, but turned away and left her alone with her grief; it was not for me to comfort her.