Smite meaning

smīt
(archaic) To hit.
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To attack, damage, or destroy by or as if by blows.
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To deal a blow with or as if with the hand or a handheld weapon.
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To afflict; to chasten; to punish.
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To affect sharply with great feeling.

He was smitten by deep remorse.

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To strike down or kill with godly force.
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To injure with divine power.
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To put to rout in battle; to overthrow by war.
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(figuratively, now only in passive) To strike with love or infatuation.

Bob was smitten with Laura from the first time he saw her.

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To smite is defined as to strike, hit or damage by hitting with force.

An example of to smite is for a lightning bolt to knock down a tree.

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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 schmeißen (“to fling, throw"), Danish smide (“to throw"), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐍃𐌼𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (bismeitan).

    From Wiktionary