Definition of smite
- smitten by disease
- children smitten with the fear of hell
- —V. L. Parrington
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He vowed that he would smite his enemy.
Misfortune smote him and all his family.
He smote the ball mightily.
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Smite has been part of the English language for a very long time; the earliest documented use in print dates to the 12th century. The word can be traced back to an Old English word meaning "to smear or defile" and is a distant relative of the Scottish word smit, meaning "to stain, contaminate, or infect." In addition to the straightforward "strike" and "attack" senses, smite also has a softer side. It can mean "to captivate or take"-a sense that is frequently used in the past participle in such contexts as "smitten by her beauty" or "smitten with him" (meaning "in love with him").
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
bang, bash, bat, belt, bludgeon, bob, bonk, bop, box, bust, clap, clip, clobber, clock, clout, crack, hammer, hit, knock, nail, paste, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slog, slug, smack, sock, strike, swat, swipe, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, whale, zap;
hang one on;
: to hurt, kill, or punish (someone or something)
: to hit (someone or something) very hard
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