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.

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


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



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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