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[smoht] /smoʊt/
a simple past tense of smite.


[smahyt] /smaɪt/
verb (used with object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smitten or smit; smiting.
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.
verb (used without object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smitten or smit; smiting.
to strike; deal a blow.
smite hip and thigh. hip1 (def 9).
Origin of smite
before 900; Middle English smiten, Old English smītan; cognate with German schmeissen to throw, Dutch smijten
Related forms
smiter, noun
1. knock, cuff, buffet, slap. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for smote
Contemporary Examples
  • I was sure the owner committed the cardinal sin of improperly storing his wine, and I smote him with all the fervor of a zealot.

Historical Examples
  • He strode over to Tom and smote his hands together to emphasize what he said.

  • I took them by surprise, I smote them, thousands of them bit the dust before me.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • For the unexpected conjunction of these two, and their entrance together, smote her with fear.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
  • He smote it indeed, and so hard that it flew from her hand far down the hall.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Then spurring his horse he rode on them so fiercely that he smote one knight through the body, breaking his spear in doing so.

  • He tried for her hand, and she raised it and smote him weakly in the face.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • "He's not back," he muttered, while his body swayed beneath the gale which smote him with fierce, unseen fists.

  • Then he who smote stayed his hand and he who guarded dropped his shield.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • Many blows they aimed at each other: many times one smote the other on his breast or his cheek, but struck not home.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
British Dictionary definitions for smote


the past tense of smite


verb (mainly transitive) (mainly archaic) smites, smiting, smote, smitten, smit
to strike with a heavy blow or blows
to damage with or as if with blows
to afflict or affect severely: smitten with flu
to afflict in order to punish
(intransitive) foll by on. to strike forcibly or abruptly: the sun smote down on him
Derived Forms
smiter, noun
Word Origin
Old English smītan; related to Old High German smīzan to smear, Gothic bismeitan, Old Swedish smēta to daub
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Word Origin and History for smote

past tense of smite (v.).



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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