He was smitten by deep remorse.
An example of to smite is for a lightning bolt to knock down a tree.
Origin of smite
- Middle English smiten from Old English smītan to smear
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English smiten, from Old English smÄ«tan (“to daub, smear, smudge; soil, defile, pollute"), from Proto-Germanic *smÄ«tanÄ… (“to throw"), from Proto-Indo-European *smeyd- (“to smear, whisk, strike, rub"). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smieta (“to throw, toss"), West Frisian smite (“to throw"), Low German smieten (“to throw, chuck, toss"), Dutch smijten (“to fling, hurl, throw"), Middle Low German besmitten (“to soil, sully"), German schmeiÃŸen (“to fling, throw"), Danish smide (“to throw"), Gothic ðŒ±ðŒ¹ðƒðŒ¼ðŒ´ðŒ¹ð„ðŒ°ðŒ½ (bismeitan).