- struck, as with a hard blow.
- grievously or disastrously stricken or afflicted.
- very much in love.
- a past participle of smite.
Origin of smitten
- to strike or hit hard, with or as with the hand, a stick, or other weapon: She smote him on the back with her umbrella.
- to deliver or deal (a blow, hit, etc.) by striking hard.
- to strike down, injure, or slay: His sword had smitten thousands.
- to afflict or attack with deadly or disastrous effect: smitten by polio.
- to affect mentally or morally with a sudden pang: His conscience smote him.
- to affect suddenly and strongly with a specified feeling: They were smitten with terror.
- to impress favorably; charm; enamor: He was smitten by her charms.
- to strike; deal a blow.
- smite hip and thigh. hip1(def 9).
Origin of smite
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Examples from the Web for smitten
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There are quotes from both you and Robin Wright about being “smitten” with one another during filming.Cary Elwes, aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’
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By our middle twenties we were smitten even worse by Summer.Our Doomed Love Affair with Summer
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Even Ann Romney, in describing why she's smitten with her husband, offered no telling anecdote that might stick in people's minds.Mitt Romney Meets His Moment at the Republican National Convention
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Boycott herself decamped early on, smitten by an American visitor to London, John Steinbeck IV, son of the Nobelist in literature.How the London Olympic Games Will Revolutionize Food
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The unhappy woman, to whom I had specially come, was smitten indeed.
Some of us who have been smitten may have come near to doing this ourselves, or may have done it.The Conquest of Fear
Smitten to the heart by a sudden and overwhelming remorse, Hetty was speechless.Hetty's Strange History
Everyone laughingly said that Goujet was smitten with Gervaise.L'Assommoir
At this point a number of tea-trays were smitten resonantly "off."
- a past participle of smite
- (postpositive) affected by love (for)
- to strike with a heavy blow or blows
- to damage with or as if with blows
- to afflict or affect severelysmitten with flu
- to afflict in order to punish
- (intr foll by on) to strike forcibly or abruptlythe sun smote down on him
Word Origin and History for smitten
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.