from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To inflict a heavy blow on, with or as if with the hand, a tool, or a weapon.
- transitive v. To drive or strike (a weapon, for example) forcefully onto or into something else.
- transitive v. To attack, damage, or destroy by or as if by blows.
- transitive v. To afflict: The population was smitten by the plague.
- transitive v. To afflict retributively; chasten or chastise.
- transitive v. To affect sharply with great feeling: He was smitten by deep remorse.
- intransitive v. To deal a blow with or as if with the hand or a hand-held weapon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hit.
- v. To strike down or kill with godly force.
- v. To injure with divine power.
- v. To strike with love or infatuation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To strike; to inflict a blow upon with the hand, or with any instrument held in the hand, or with a missile thrown by the hand.
- transitive v. To cause to strike; to use as an instrument in striking or hurling.
- transitive v. To destroy the life of by beating, or by weapons of any kind; to slay by a blow; to kill.
- transitive v. To put to rout in battle; to overthrow by war.
- transitive v. To blast; to destroy the life or vigor of, as by a stroke or by some visitation.
- transitive v. To afflict; to chasten; to punish.
- transitive v. To strike or affect with passion, as love or fear.
- intransitive v. To strike; to collide; to beat.
- n. The act of smiting; a blow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike; give a hard blow, as with the hand or something held in the hand, or, archaically, with something thrown; it heavily.
- To destroy the life of by beating or by weapons of any kind; slay; kill.
- To visit disastrously; seize suddenly or severely; attack in a way that threatens or destroys life or vigor: as, a person or a city smitten with pestilence.
- To afflict; chasten; punish.
- To strike or affect with emotion or passion, especially love; catch the affection or fancy of.
- To trouble, as by reproaches; distress.
- To cast; bend.
- To come upon; affect suddenly as if with a blow; strike.
- To strike; collide; knock.
- To produce an effect as by a stroke; come, enter, or penetrate with quickness and force.
- n. A blow.
- n. A small portion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. affect suddenly with deep feeling
- v. cause physical pain or suffering in
- v. inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
Middle English smiten, from Old English smītan, to smear.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English smiten, from Old English smītan ("to daub, smear, smudge; soil, defile, pollute"), from Proto-Germanic *smītanan (“to throw”), from Proto-Indo-European *smeyd- (“to smear, whisk, strike, rub”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smieta ("to throw, toss"), West Frisian smite ("to throw"), Dutch smijten ("to fling, hurl, throw"), Middle Low German besmitten ("to soil, sully"), German schmeißen ("to fling, throw"), Danish smide ("to throw"), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐍃𐌼𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (bismeitan). (Wiktionary)