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v. smote (smōt), smit·ten (smĭt′n) or smote, smit·ing, smites
a. To inflict a heavy blow on, with or as if with the hand, a tool, or a weapon.
b. To drive or strike (a weapon, for example) forcefully onto or into something else.
2. To attack, damage, or destroy by or as if by blows.
a. To afflict: The population was smitten by the plague.
b. To afflict retributively; chasten or chastise.
4. To affect sharply with great feeling: He was smitten by deep remorse.
To deal a blow with or as if with the hand or a handheld weapon.
[Middle English smiten, from Old English smītan, to smear.]
vb (mainly tr) , smites, smiting, smote, smitten or 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. (foll by: on) 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]
v. smote, smit•ten or smit (smɪt) or smote, smit•ing. v.t.
1. to strike or hit hard, with or as if with the hand, a stick, or other weapon.
2. to deliver or deal (a blow) by striking hard.
3. to strike down, injure, or slay.
4. to afflict or attack with deadly or disastrous effect: smitten by polio.
5. to affect mentally, morally, or emotionally with a strong and sudden feeling: They were smitten with terror.
6. to impress favorably; enamor: He was smitten by her charms.v.i.
7. to strike; deal a blow.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English smītan to smear, defile, c. Old Frisian smīta, Old High German smīzan, Gothic -smeitan]
Past participle: smote
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|Verb||1.||smite - inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon|
hit - deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument; "He hit her hard in the face"
|2.||smite - affect suddenly with deep feeling; "He was smitten with love for this young girl"|
|3.||smite - cause physical pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"|
damage - inflict damage upon; "The snow damaged the roof"; "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"
visit - assail; "He was visited with a terrible illness that killed him quickly"
1. To deliver a powerful blow to suddenly and sharply:
bash, catch, clout, hit, knock, pop, slam, slog, slug, smash, sock, strike, swat, thwack, whack, wham, whop.
Idioms: let someone have it, sock it to someone.