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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.]
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