smite

play
verb \ˈsmīt\

Definition of smite

smote

play \ˈsmōt\;

smitten

play \ˈsmi-tən\ or

smote

;

smiting

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

smiter

play \ˈsmī-tər\ noun

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Examples of smite in a Sentence

  1. He vowed that he would smite his enemy.

  2. Misfortune smote him and all his family.

  3. He smote the ball mightily.

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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


SMITE Defined for English Language Learners

smite

play
verb

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

smite

play
verb \ˈsmīt\

Definition of smite for Students

smote

\ˈsmōt\;

smitten

\ˈsmi-tən\;

smiting

\ˈsmī-tiŋ\
  1. 1 :  to strike hard especially with the hand or a weapon

  2. 2 :  to kill or injure



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