Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Ay! as long as the prophet was ordered to stamp with his foot, I will stamp with my foot; -- (here he stamped till the platform trembled for its safety) -- and to smite with his hand, I will _smite_ with my hand -- (slapping alternate hands on alternate thighs.) -- Yes! and

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  • Some opined it was the work of an alien race, some blamed cosmic radiation and some called it a smite from a god who†™ d grown jealous of mankind†™ s omniscience over these machines, punishing his own creation for aspiring to become too godlike in its own way.

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  • Big Bird will once again smite the politicians - as long as he isn't caught consorting with lesbians.

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  • Call me anti semite because I usually use toilet paper with the word smite and jew on it.

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  • The part I find most amusing after the whole "smite"-ing thing is that the application of old testament rules to modern lifestyle should shout out to ANYONE, that preaching the passages as the only way to live is not possible.

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  • Then came Sir Breunor, the lord of that castle, with his lady in his hand, muffled, and asked Sir Tristram where was his lady: For an thy lady be fairer than mine, with thy sword smite off my lady's head; and if my lady be fairer than thine, with my sword I must strike off her head.

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  • Bow down before the sceptre, lest the sword smite you.

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  • Let all creation become his enemy, that the whirlwind crush him and the sword smite him.

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  • The excommunicate was cursed with the curse of Joshua against Jericho, and the curse of Elisha against those that mocked him, and the curse of fiends of deadly power: “Let nothing good come out of him, let his end be sudden, let all creatures become his enemy, let the whirlwind crush him, the fever and every other malady, and the edge of the sword smite him; let his death be unforeseen and drive him into outer darkness,” etc.

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  • The agents were following up on an editorial that the student had written asking Jesus Christ to "smite" George W. Bush.

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  • On this whole page the word 'cut' is not used with smite-off yet in Mat 26:51 in the KJV " And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear", the translator translated the word ἀφαιρέω "aphaireō" (meaning 'to separate' or 'cut') by using 'smote off'?

    April 10, 2012

  • Yes.

    March 1, 2008

  • If you smite someone, they have been smitten?

    February 29, 2008

  • Maybe they already smote.

    February 28, 2008

  • Go on then!

    February 28, 2008

  • I can't believe no one has commented on this word. It invites all sorts of wit.

    February 28, 2008