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 smiting
Precisely the same practice, smiting the earth with rods, is employed by those who consult diviners among the Zulus.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Andrew Lang
A huge shadow hovered over him and a weight crashed upon his head, smiting him down as if he had been struck by a giant shell.The Hosts of the Air|Joseph A. Altsheler
"Call me not excellent," said the old man, smiting his breast.Westward Ho!|Charles Kingsley
"Hah, but you do not know what is seething here," replied Manuel, smiting his broad chest.Figures of Earth|James Branch Cabell
What matters it that the tree planted to-day shall never overarch and protect you from the smiting sun?A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed.|William Chauncey Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for smiting
verb smites, smiting, smote, smitten or smit (mainly tr) mainly archaic
Word Origin for smite
Word Origin and History for smiting
"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.