Definition of smite
smittenplay \ˈsmi-tən\ or
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
smiterplay \ˈsmī-tər\ noun
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Examples of smite in a Sentence
He vowed that he would smite his enemy.
Misfortune smote him and all his family.
He smote the ball mightily.
Recent Examples of smite from the Web
In the third grade, I was smitten with a girl who played in the band with me.
He was instantly smitten, and the pair were married less than two years later.
Bill Hayes is smitten with Oliver Sacks and their Insomniac City (Bloomsbury).
Generation Next isn’t sitting around the garage, smitten by tales of their elders and genuflecting at the sight of their firesuits.
So Diana wondered if she’d sometimes mutated, in his imagination, into the conflation and the cause of all his little castrations, the leering source of everything that smote and failed him.
Spanos was infatuated with McCoy, just as Dean’s father was smitten with another longtime offensive aide who’d never head-coached at any level, Al Saunders, the prim yes man Alex Spanos promoted after firing Don Coryell in 1986.
More than 20 years later, we're still smitten by her classic Southern allure.
Lurie and coach Doug Pederson were both smitten with the kid from North Dakota, too, but Roseman was the one who moved heaven and earth and set the team back about two years in order to acquire him.
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Did You Know?
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").
Origin and Etymology of smite
Middle English, from Old English smītan to smear, defile; akin to Old High German bismīzan to defile
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
SMITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of smite for English Language Learners
: to hurt, kill, or punish (someone or something)
: to hit (someone or something) very hard
SMITE Defined for Kids
Definition of smite for Students
1 : to strike hard especially with the hand or a weapon
2 : to kill or injure
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