transitive verbsmote, smit′ten, smit′ing
- Archaic, Literary
- to hit or strike hard
- to bring into a specified condition by or as by a blow: to smite someone dead
- : now archaic or literary except in the pp.
- to strike or attack with powerful or disastrous effect: smitten by the flu
- to inspire strong and sudden love or devotion: he saw her and was immediately smitten
Origin of smiteMiddle English smiten from Old English smitan, akin to German schmeissen, to throw from Indo-European base an unverified form sm?-, to smear, smear on, stroke on