riddled


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rid·dle 1

 (rĭd′l)
tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
n.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel.

[Middle English ridelen, to sift, from riddil, sieve, from Old English hriddel; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.

rid·dle 2

 (rĭd′l)
n.
1. A question or statement requiring thought to answer or understand; a conundrum.
2. One that is perplexing; an enigma.
v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
v.tr.
To solve or explain.
v.intr.
1. To propound or solve riddles.
2. To speak in riddles.

[Middle English redels, from Old English rǣdels; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.

riddled

(ˈrɪdəld)
adj
1. pierced or perforated by numerous examples of something
2. to be full of or pervaded by something undesirable
3. to be damaged or impaired by something
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.riddled - (often followed by `with') damaged throughout by numerous perforations or holes; "a sweater riddled with moth holes"; "cliffs riddled with caves"; "the bullet-riddled target"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"
2.riddled - spread throughout; "cities riddled with corruption"
full - containing as much or as many as is possible or normal; "a full glass"; "a sky full of stars"; "a full life"; "the auditorium was full to overflowing"

riddled

adjective
1. filled, marred, spoilt, corrupted, impaired, pervaded, infested, permeated The report was riddled with errors.
2. pervade, fill, take over, plague, saturate, overrun, beset, imbue, spread through She was found to be riddled with cancer.
Translations

riddled

[ˈrɪdəld] adj
to be riddled with bullets → être criblé(e) de balles
to be riddled with bullet holes → être criblé(e) d'impacts de balles
to be riddled with holes [jacket, jumper, wall, bucket] → être plein(e) de trous
to be riddled with sth [+ errors, contradictions, mistakes] → être plein(e) de qch; [+ fraud, dishonesty] → être gangrené(e) par qch
The government is riddled with corruption → Le gouvernement est gangrené par la corruption.; [+ guilt] → être dévoré(e) par qch; [+ fear] → être paralysé(e) par qch; [+ cancer, Aids, arthritis] → être rongé(e) par qch
to be riddled with holes [+ argument, story, theory] → être plein(e) de trous; [+ defence, system] → être plein(e) de lacunes
References in classic literature ?
The unfortunate cetacean was lying on its side, riddled with holes from the bites, and quite dead.
You are running your heads into a very silly affair; you will be riddled.
The group in gray was split and broken by this fire, but its riddled body still fought.