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.
Origin of smite
Examples from the Web for smite
Had the Egyptians sallied forth to smite, scarce a sword would have flashed, so dear seemed martyrdom.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
Here is a knave of a friar calleth me a mad priest, and yet I smite him not.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood|Howard Pyle
He was equally ready to do a kindly action, or smite the man hip and thigh who chanced to run foul of him.The Night Riders|Ridgwell Cullum
It was as if all the thunders of heaven had gathered in one place to smite the earth.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
The three men of the Campeador were all of one intent, That mightily his foeman to smite each one should ride.The Lay of the Cid|R. Selden Rose
British Dictionary definitions for smite
verb smites, smiting, smote, smitten or smit (mainly tr) mainly archaic
Word Origin for smite
Word Origin and History for smite
"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.