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 smiter
And He said, 'When thou art smitten on one cheek, turn the other to the smiter.'The House of Walderne|A. D. Crake
He was turning in a very literal sense his cheek to the smiter.The Squire's Daughter|Silas K(itto) Hocking
You and your charity and your loving-kindness, and your turning the cheek to the smiter and all the rest of it.Bye-Ways|Robert Smythe Hichens
Hitherto a shameful state of peace had left women in the hands of men, turning over the other cheek to the smiter.A Bed of Roses|W. L. George
Did I not with these eyes see the sword uplifted and the smiter strike?The Disowned, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for smiter
verb smites, smiting, smote, smitten or smit (mainly tr) mainly archaic
Word Origin for smite
Word Origin and History for smiter
"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.