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smote

[smoht] /smoʊt/
verb
1.
a simple past tense of smite.

smite

[smahyt] /smaɪt/
verb (used with object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smitten or smit; smiting.
1.
to strike or hit hard, with or as with the hand, a stick, or other weapon:
She smote him on the back with her umbrella.
2.
to deliver or deal (a blow, hit, etc.) by striking hard.
3.
to strike down, injure, or slay:
His sword had smitten thousands.
4.
to afflict or attack with deadly or disastrous effect:
smitten by polio.
5.
to affect mentally or morally with a sudden pang:
His conscience smote him.
6.
to affect suddenly and strongly with a specified feeling:
They were smitten with terror.
7.
to impress favorably; charm; enamor:
He was smitten by her charms.
verb (used without object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smitten or smit; smiting.
8.
to strike; deal a blow.
Idioms
9.
smite hip and thigh. hip1 (def 9).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English smiten, Old English smītan; cognate with German schmeissen to throw, Dutch smijten
Related forms
smiter, noun
Synonyms
1. knock, cuff, buffet, slap.
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Examples for smote
  • Take cover lest the flying debris smote you, mortally.
  • Then he rode to the second knight and smote him, and so he did to the third knight.
  • And speedily they went aboard and sat upon the benches, and sitting orderly smote the grey sea water with their oars.
  • Corruption and bad governance smote education and health.
  • But he barely said this when rifle fire smote him down.
  • At length an unseen something smote him full in the face and he paused abruptly.
  • But he waited only till a spirit of im patience smote him.
British Dictionary definitions for smote

smote

/sməʊt/
verb
1.
the past tense of smite

smite

/smaɪt/
verb (mainly transitive) (mainly archaic) smites, smiting, smote, smitten, smit
1.
to strike with a heavy blow or blows
2.
to damage with or as if with blows
3.
to afflict or affect severely smitten with flu
4.
to afflict in order to punish
5.
(intransitive) foll by on. to strike forcibly or abruptly the sun smote down on him
Derived Forms
smiter, noun
Word Origin
Old English smītan; related to Old High German smīzan to smear, Gothic bismeitan, Old Swedish smēta to daub
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Word Origin and History for smote

past tense of smite (v.).

smite

v.

"to hit, strike, beat," mid-12c., from Old English smitan, which however is attested only as "to daub, smear on; soil, pollute, blemish, defile" (strong verb, past tense smat, past participle smiten), from Proto-Germanic *smitan (cf. Swedish smita, Danish smide "to smear, fling," Old Frisian smita, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch smiten "to cast, fling," Dutch smijten "to throw," Old High German smizan "to rub, strike," German schmeißen "to cast, fling," Gothic bismeitan "to spread, smear"). "The development of the various senses is not quite clear, but that of throwing is perh. the original one" [OED]. Watkins suggests "the semantic channel may have been slapping mud on walls in wattle and daub construction" and connects it with PIE *sme- "to smear;" Klein's sources also say this.

Sense of "slay in combat" (c.1300) is from Biblical expression smite to death, first attested c.1200. Meaning "visit disastrously" is mid-12c., also Biblical. Meaning "strike with passion or emotion" is from c.1300.

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