Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past participle of smite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made irrationally enthusiastic.
  • adj. In love.
  • v. Past participle of smite

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • p. p. of smite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Struck hard; afflicted; visited with some great disaster; suddenly or powerfully affected in body or mind: sometimes used in compounds, as fever-smitten, drought-smitten, love-smitten.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
  • adj. (used in combination) affected by something overwhelming

Etymologies

Old English verb smittian "to pollute", cognate with German schmitzen, to pollute, and through Middle Low German with Danish smitte, to infect. (Wiktionary)

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  • Also, why does Roget's Thesaurus II list "sex" as an antonym?

    April 24, 2010

  • So, if you are smitten with someone, he has smote you? That's a strange way to conduct romance.

    April 24, 2010

  • Love, the most tactless, the most bohemian of gods, had appeared just when he was not wanted, and smitten Scales boisterously between the shoulder-blades.
    -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008

  • I'm a smitten kitten. I love the word smitten. It's beyond romantic..

    September 10, 2007

  • Literally from the verb smite, I smite, I smote, I had smitten. The metaphorical sense is all that survives, as people very rarely use this verb any more.

    February 20, 2007