verb (smote; smitten or smote; smiting) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English smītan to smear, defile; akin to Old High German bismīzan to defile Date: 12th century transitive verb 1. to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand or an implement held in the hand 2. a. to kill or severely injure by smiting b. to attack or afflict suddenly and injuriously <
smitten by disease
3. to cause to strike 4. to affect as if by striking <
children smitten with the fear of hell — V. L. Parrington
5. captivate, take <
smitten with her beauty
intransitive verb to deliver or deal a blow with or as if with the hand or something held • smiter noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Smite — (sm[imac]t), v. t. [imp. {Smote} (sm[=o]t), rarely {Smit} (sm[i^]t); p. p. {Smitten} (sm[i^]t t n), rarely {Smit}, or {Smote}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smiting} (sm[imac]t [i^]ng).] [AS. sm[=i]tan to smite, to soil, pollute; akin to OFries. sm[=i]ta to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smite — Smite, v. i. To strike; to collide; to beat. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] The heart melteth, and the knees smite together. Nah. ii. 10. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smite — Smite, n. The act of smiting; a blow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smite — (v.) O.E. smitan to hit, strike, beat (strong verb, pt. smat, pp. smiten), from P.Gmc. *smitanan (Cf. Swed. smita, Dan. smide to smear, fling, O.Fris. smita, M.L.G., M.Du. smiten to cast, fling, Du. smijten to throw, O.H.G. sm …   Etymology dictionary

  • smite — has the past tense smote and a past participle smitten. In its physical meaning ‘to hit’, smite is falling into disuse in ordinary contexts, but to be smitten is still going strong in its figurative meaning ‘to be infatuated or obsessed’ (He was… …   Modern English usage

  • smite — [smīt] vt. smote, smitten or smote, smiting [ME smiten < OE smitan, akin to Ger schmeissen, to throw < IE base * smē , to smear, smear on, stroke on] 1. Now Rare a) to hit or strike hard b) to bring into a specified condition by or as by a… …   English World dictionary

  • smite — index beat (strike), harm, impress (affect deeply), kill (murder), lash (strike), plague …   Law dictionary

  • smite — [smaıt] v past tense smote [sməut US smout] past participle smitten [ˈsmıtn] [T] [: Old English; Origin: smitan to make dirty, smear ] 1.) old use to hit something with a lot of force 2.) biblical to destroy, attack, or punish someone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smite — [ smaıt ] (past tense smote [ smout ] ; past participle smit|ten [ smıtn ] ) verb transitive 1. ) an old word meaning to hit someone or something very hard 2. ) an old word meaning to have a sudden serious effect on someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • smite — *strike, hit, punch, slug, slog, swat, clout, slap, cuff, box Analogous words: *beat, pummel, buffet: *punish, discipline, correct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • smite — ► VERB (past smote; past part. smitten) 1) archaic or literary strike with a firm blow. 2) archaic or literary defeat or conquer. 3) (be smitten) be affected severely by a disease. 4) (be smitten) be strongly attracted …   English terms dictionary

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