[ strik-uh n ]
/ ˈstrɪk ən /


a past participle of strike.


hit or wounded by a weapon, missile, or the like.
beset or afflicted, as with disease, trouble, or sorrow: stricken areas; a stricken family.
deeply affected, as with grief, fear, or other emotions.
characterized by or showing the effects of affliction, trouble, misfortune, a mental blow, etc.: stricken features.

Nearby words

  1. striated muscle,
  2. striation,
  3. striatonigral,
  4. striatum,
  5. strick,
  6. strickenly,
  7. strickland,
  8. strickland, william,
  9. strickle,
  10. strict

Related formsstrick·en·ly, adverbun·strick·en, adjective

Origin of strike

before 1000; 1768 for def 65; (v.) Middle English striken to stroke, beat, cross out, Old English strīcan to stroke, make level; cognate with German streichen; (noun) Middle English: unit of dry measure (i.e., something leveled off; see strick), derivative of the v.; akin to streak, stroke1

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Strike, hit, knock imply suddenly bringing one body in contact with another. Strike suggests such an action in a general way: to strike a child. Hit is less formal than strike, and often implies giving a single blow, but usually a strong one and definitely aimed: to hit a baseball. To knock is to strike, often with a tendency to displace the object struck; it also means to strike repeatedly: to knock someone down; to knock at a door. See also beat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stricken


/ (ˈstrɪkən) /


laid low, as by disease or sickness
deeply affected, as by grief, love, etc
archaic wounded or injured
Derived Formsstrickenly, adverb

Word Origin for stricken

C14: past participle of strike


/ (straɪk) /

verb strikes, striking or struck


Derived Formsstrikeless, adjective

Word Origin for strike

Old English strīcan; related to Old Frisian strīka to stroke, Old High German strīhhan to smooth, Latin stria furrow

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Word Origin and History for stricken
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for stricken


[ strīk ]

The course or bearing of a structural surface, such as an inclined bed or a fault plane, as it intersects a horizontal plane. See illustration at dip.
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Culture definitions for stricken


A concerted refusal by employees in a particular business or industry to work. Its goal is usually to force employers to meet demands respecting wages and other working conditions.

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Idioms and Phrases with stricken


In addition to the idioms beginning with strike

  • strike a balance
  • strike a bargain
  • strike a chord
  • strike a happy medium
  • strike down
  • strike it rich
  • strike out
  • strike the right note
  • strike while the iron is hot

also see:

  • go out (on strike)
  • happy medium, strike a
  • lightning never strikes twice
  • on strike
  • two strikes against
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