[greef-strik-uh n]


overwhelmed by grief; deeply afflicted or sorrowful.

Origin of grief-stricken

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grief-stricken

Contemporary Examples of grief-stricken

Historical Examples of grief-stricken

  • Her noble face was so grief-stricken that she looked years older in a single day.

  • Naturally much sympathy is felt for the grief-stricken husband.

  • It seemed as if he should have been crushed, grief-stricken, broken.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Grief-stricken his corsairs bore him back aboard the carack.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • But we looked in vain for the thin, bowed figure of his grief-stricken sister.


    Effie Afton

British Dictionary definitions for grief-stricken



deeply affected by sorrow or distress
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