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verb (used with object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smit·ten or smit; smit·ing.
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; smit·ten or smit; smit·ing.
to strike; deal a blow.
OTHER WORDS FOR smite
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Idioms about smite
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
OTHER WORDS FROM smitesmiter, noun
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How to use smite in a sentence
It was the dream of Mr. Smiter's life to empty the old-fashioned pews of the parish church.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)|Charles James Wills
He looks around him then for some tried fighting man, some honest smiter who can give a blow or take one.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
He was turning in a very literal sense his cheek to the smiter.The Squire's Daughter|Silas K(itto) Hocking
All nature cries aloud, 'Shall man do less than heal the smiter, and the railer bless?'The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors|Kersey Graves
O Pertinax—thou loved and lovely smiter—ne'er have I been so sore battered ere now!The Geste of Duke Jocelyn|Jeffery Farnol
British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of smitesmiter, 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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