smite


smite
smite [smīt]
vt.
smote, smitten or smote, smiting [ME smiten < OE smitan, akin to Ger schmeissen, to throw < IE base * smē-, to smear, smear on, stroke on]
1. Now Rare
a) to hit or strike hard
b) to bring into a specified condition by or as by a blow [to smite someone dead]
c) to defeat, punish, destroy, or kill
2. to strike or attack with powerful or disastrous effect
3. to affect strongly and suddenly: with some feeling [smitten with dread]
4. to disquiet mentally; distress [smitten by conscience]
5. to strike or impress favorably; inspire with love [smitten with her charms]
vi.
Now Rare to hit or strike hard
smiter
n.

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  • Smite — (sm[imac]t), v. t. [imp. {Smote} (sm[=o]t), rarely {Smit} (sm[i^]t); p. p. {Smitten} (sm[i^]t t n), rarely {Smit}, or {Smote}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smiting} (sm[imac]t [i^]ng).] [AS. sm[=i]tan to smite, to soil, pollute; akin to OFries. sm[=i]ta to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smite — Smite, v. i. To strike; to collide; to beat. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] The heart melteth, and the knees smite together. Nah. ii. 10. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smite — Smite, n. The act of smiting; a blow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smite — (v.) O.E. smitan to hit, strike, beat (strong verb, pt. smat, pp. smiten), from P.Gmc. *smitanan (Cf. Swed. smita, Dan. smide to smear, fling, O.Fris. smita, M.L.G., M.Du. smiten to cast, fling, Du. smijten to throw, O.H.G. sm …   Etymology dictionary

  • smite — has the past tense smote and a past participle smitten. In its physical meaning ‘to hit’, smite is falling into disuse in ordinary contexts, but to be smitten is still going strong in its figurative meaning ‘to be infatuated or obsessed’ (He was… …   Modern English usage

  • smite — index beat (strike), harm, impress (affect deeply), kill (murder), lash (strike), plague …   Law dictionary

  • smite — [smaıt] v past tense smote [sməut US smout] past participle smitten [ˈsmıtn] [T] [: Old English; Origin: smitan to make dirty, smear ] 1.) old use to hit something with a lot of force 2.) biblical to destroy, attack, or punish someone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smite — [ smaıt ] (past tense smote [ smout ] ; past participle smit|ten [ smıtn ] ) verb transitive 1. ) an old word meaning to hit someone or something very hard 2. ) an old word meaning to have a sudden serious effect on someone …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • smite — *strike, hit, punch, slug, slog, swat, clout, slap, cuff, box Analogous words: *beat, pummel, buffet: *punish, discipline, correct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • smite — ► VERB (past smote; past part. smitten) 1) archaic or literary strike with a firm blow. 2) archaic or literary defeat or conquer. 3) (be smitten) be affected severely by a disease. 4) (be smitten) be strongly attracted …   English terms dictionary