Simple Definition of smite
: to hurt, kill, or punish (someone or something)
: to hit (someone or something) very hard
Full Definition of smite
1 : to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand or an implement held in the hand
2a : to kill or severely injure by smitingb : to attack or afflict suddenly and injuriously <smitten by disease>
3 : to cause to strike
4 : to affect as if by striking <children smitten with the fear of hell — V. L. Parrington>
: to deliver or deal a blow with or as if with the hand or something held
Examples of smite
He vowed that he would smite his enemy.
Misfortune smote him and all his family.
He smote the ball mightily.
Origin of smite
Middle English, from Old English smītan to smear, defile; akin to Old High German bismīzan to defile
First Known Use: 12th century
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