smite

[ smahyt ]
/ smaɪt /

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.

to strike; deal a blow.

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Idioms for 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

SYNONYMS FOR smite

OTHER WORDS FROM smite

smit·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for smiting

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 smite

smiter, 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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