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
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