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.
Idioms about smite
- smiter, noun
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How to use smite in a sentence
I was smitten with their work and wanted to share it because they offer a glimpse of a world beyond our own worries.The Quietly Rebellious Art of Iranian Women and What We Can Learn From Them | Susanna Schrobsdorff | September 20, 2021 | Time
How many vulgar tones my doubtful earWould smite, with deep disgust inspiring me,With doubt tormented, holding hard my breath!The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi | Giacomo Leopardi
It seemed every moment as if the prodigious paw of the grizzly would smite him to the earth, when no human power could save him.Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
Does not your heart smite you when you think of the country which gave you birth?'A German Pompadour | Marie Hay
Then he assoiled them and blessed them, giving them for penance, to smite their best.With Spurs of Gold | Frances Nimmo Greene
I coloured, partly with the praise and partly because I was wondering how many smite-and-spare-nots I was worth.The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough
British Dictionary definitions for smite
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
(intr foll by on) to strike forcibly or abruptly: the sun smote down on him
- smiter, noun
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