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verb (used with object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smitten or smit; smiting.
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.
to deliver or deal (a blow, hit, etc.) by striking hard.
to strike down, injure, or slay: His sword had smitten thousands.
to afflict or attack with deadly or disastrous effect: smitten by polio.
to affect mentally or morally with a sudden pang: His conscience smote him.
to affect suddenly and strongly with a specified feeling: They were smitten with terror.
to impress favorably; charm; enamor: He was smitten by her charms.
verb (used without object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smitten or smit; smiting.
to strike; deal a blow.
smite hip and thigh. hip1 ( def 9 ).

before 900; Middle English smiten, Old English smītan; cognate with German schmeissen to throw, Dutch smijten

smiter, noun

1. knock, cuff, buffet, slap.
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smite (smaɪt)
vb (foll by on) , 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.  to strike forcibly or abruptly: the sun smote down on him
[Old English smītan; related to Old High German smīzan to smear, Gothic bismeitan, Old Swedish smēta to daub]

smote (sməʊt)
the past tense of smite

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Word Origin & History

O.E. smitan "to hit, strike, beat" (strong verb, pt. smat, pp. smiten), from P.Gmc. *smitanan (cf. Swed. smita, Dan. smide "to smear, fling," O.Fris. smita, M.L.G., M.Du. smiten "to cast, fling," Du. smijten "to throw," O.H.G. smizan "to rub, strike," Ger. schmeißen "to cast, fling," Goth. bismeitan
"to spread, smear"), perhaps from PIE base *(s)mei- "to smear, to rub," but original sense in Gmc. seems to be of throwing. Sense of "slay in combat" (c.1300) is originally Biblical, smite to death, first attested c.1200.

p.t. of smite (q.v.).
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Example sentences
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
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.
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