They threw themselves upon the Pixie, smiting face and breast, arms and legs with swift, strong blows.
A third time he rose and rushed on, smiting with his blind man's staff.
The strange stars within her eyes began to glitter forth as they had when she had summoned the smiting Thing.
"So be it," he said, smiting his palm upon the Sheriff's hand.
By now I was behind the bear, and, smiting at its right leg below the knee, severed the tendon.
Rotherby broke in tempestuously, smiting the desk before him.
"But we mus' pay back," said Claude, smiting the table with his fist.
Does perfecting of the spirit mean the smiting of the spirit into unconsciousness?
While smiting down the giants and dragons which beset the outward world, are there no evil guests sitting by his own hearth-stone?
He sees himself pursuing his enemies, and smiting them to the ground.
"to hit, strike, beat," mid-12c., from Old English smitan, which however is attested only as "to daub, smear on; soil, pollute, blemish, defile" (strong verb, past tense smat, past participle smiten), from Proto-Germanic *smitan (cf. Swedish smita, Danish smide "to smear, fling," Old Frisian smita, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch smiten "to cast, fling," Dutch smijten "to throw," Old High German smizan "to rub, strike," German schmeißen "to cast, fling," Gothic bismeitan "to spread, smear"). "The development of the various senses is not quite clear, but that of throwing is perh. the original one" [OED]. Watkins suggests "the semantic channel may have been slapping mud on walls in wattle and daub construction" and connects it with PIE *sme- "to smear;" Klein's sources also say this.
Sense of "slay in combat" (c.1300) is from Biblical expression smite to death, first attested c.1200. Meaning "visit disastrously" is mid-12c., also Biblical. Meaning "strike with passion or emotion" is from c.1300.