By our middle twenties we were smitten even worse by Summer.
This week, Jim Carrey plays a smitten con man, the craziest literary tattoos, and a new art show fashioned with a ballpoint pen.
In fact, Mitzi and Rita are so smitten with Stone that they like to jump into bed with him at the same time.
Even some former Bush aides are smitten with the new president.
smitten with the colorful beadwork, she invited Lolosoli to collaborate on her 2010 collection.
smitten through your left—smitten in very truth, and through sides that sprung from a common womb.
Both Christendom and Islam were smitten by the Mongol scourge.
At length, as he served the sick, he was smitten with the plague, and was laid in the burying-ground of the Laics.
Why was she not shocked, smitten to the ground with grief and shame and rage?
The Sepoys were smitten hip and thigh, and thousands paid with their lives for those other lives they had spared not.
mid-13c., "struck hard, afflicted, visited with disaster," past participle adjective from smite. Sense of "inspired with love" is from 1660s.
"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.