stricken

Stricken means "overwhelmed by emotion." When you saw the pretty new girl at school smiling at you, you were so stricken you walked right into a wall.

Stricken means "affected," whether it's in a good way — being so stricken by spring fever that you can't stop singing and goofing around — or bad, like being stricken by a real fever and a sore throat and the chills and. . . you get the idea. You can also be stricken by fear, like a family so stricken by fear of bedbugs that they cancelled their hotel reservation and just slept in their car.

Definitions of stricken
  1. adjective
    grievously affected especially by disease
    synonyms: afflicted
    ill, sick
    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
  2. adjective
    put out of action (by illness)
    synonyms: laid low
    ill, sick
    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
  3. adjective
    (used in combination) affected by something overwhelming
    synonyms: smitten, struck
    affected
    acted upon; influenced
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