smite

[ smahyt ]
/ smaɪt /
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verb (used with object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smit·ten or smit; smit·ing.

verb (used without object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smit·ten or smit; smit·ing.

to strike; deal a blow.

Nearby words

  1. smirnoff,
  2. smirting,
  3. smish,
  4. smit,
  5. smitch,
  6. smith,
  7. smith & wesson,
  8. smith island,
  9. smith's fracture,
  10. smith's operation

Idioms

    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 formssmit·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for smite

smite

/ (smaɪt) /

verb smites, smiting, smote, smitten or smit (mainly tr) mainly archaic

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
Derived Formssmiter, noun

Word Origin for smite

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 smite

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.

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