- 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.
- smite hip and thigh. hip1(def 9).
Origin of smite
Synonyms for smite
Related Words for smitingafflict, knock, hit, chasten, chastise, sock, defeat, visit, attack, buffet, dash, swat, smack, slap, wallop, strike, clobber, blast, whack, belt
Examples from the Web for smiting
Historical Examples of smiting
"Kill me, Managa," I cried, smiting my chest as I stood facing him.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
"So be it," he said, smiting his palm upon the Sheriff's hand.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Rotherby broke in tempestuously, smiting the desk before him.The Lion's Skin
A third time he rose and rushed on, smiting with his blind man's staff.The World's Desire
H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
Where God's hand was smiting hard, how could man dare to raise his puny arm?How It All Came Round
L. T. Meade
- 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
Word Origin 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.