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smite

play
verb \ˈsmīt\

Simple Definition of smite

  • : to hurt, kill, or punish (someone or something)

  • : to hit (someone or something) very hard

Full Definition of smite

smote play \ˈsmōt\ smit·ten play \ˈsmi-tən\ or smotesmit·ing play \ˈsmī-tiŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand or an implement held in the hand

  3. 2a :  to kill or severely injure by smitingb :  to attack or afflict suddenly and injuriously <smitten by disease>

  4. 3 :  to cause to strike

  5. 4 :  to affect as if by striking <children smitten with the fear of hell — V. L. Parrington>

  6. 5 :  captivate, take <smitten with her beauty>

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to deliver or deal a blow with or as if with the hand or something held

smit·er play \ˈsmī-tər\ noun

Examples of smite

  1. He vowed that he would smite his enemy.

  2. Misfortune smote him and all his family.

  3. 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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