filled with, and often thoroughly weakened by, something undesirable (used in combination):For decades taxpayers subsidized this fault-riddled nuclear plant, with its defective reactors and substandard construction.
pierced in many places (usually used in combination):His bullet-riddled body was found two days later.
the simple past tense and past participle of riddle2.
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How to use riddled in a sentence
Zen koans are riddles intended to shake seeker-monks free of their excessive dependence on linear thought processes.Over Time, Buddhism and Science Agree - Issue 94: Evolving | David P. Barash | December 23, 2020 | Nautilus
Quanta paid tribute to him with our October Insights puzzle, which included a numerical riddle he invented and other games based on or inspired by his work.
To be honest, riddles about leap years always make my head spin a little.
The menu of fried food provides the basis for a predictable script, a handy way to sidestep the riddles of spontaneous conversation as she greets her regular customers.
Just one problem — the riddle asked about three flips, not two.
The genetic material can grow quickly, but are typically riddled with errors or defects.
“Mainstream feminism is riddled with classism, racism, and sexual orientation discrimination,” she wrote.
Her body, riddled with bullets, was found on the side of the road in the neighboring republic of Ingushetia.The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience | Anna Nemtsova | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But for a man who delighted in exposing hypocrisies, his relationship to Communism was riddled with duplicity.
Instead it details how the Boeing 777 was riddled with holes created by “a large number of high energy objects from the outside.”
Five horses were shot under him, his clothes were riddled with bullets, but he was reserved for a sinister fate.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
"That is one way," said he, and so it was, for on holding the shirt up to the light it was seen to be riddled with holes.Robert Moffat | David J. Deane
The ham, which was almost as light as cork, was riddled with worm-holes, and as hard as a petrified sponge.
But as soon as his ship appeared all the American ships turned their guns on it, and riddled it with a frightful storm of iron.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
Indeed, perspiration issues from the human body without its being divided or riddled with holes.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)