Smite v. t. [imp. Smote rarely Smit p. p. Smitten rarely Smit, or Smote; p. pr. & vb. n. Smiting ]
1. 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; as, to smite with the fist, with a rod, sword, spear, or stone.
Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. --Matt. v. 39.
And David . . . took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead. --1 Sam. xvii. 49.
2. To cause to strike; to use as an instrument in striking or hurling.
Prophesy, and smite thine hands together. --Ezek. xxi. 14.
Saul . . . smote the javelin into the wall. --1 Sam. xix. 10.
3. To destroy the life of by beating, or by weapons of any kind; to slay by a blow; to kill; as, to smite one with the sword, or with an arrow or other instrument.
4. To put to rout in battle; to overthrow by war.
5. To blast; to destroy the life or vigor of, as by a stroke or by some visitation.
The flax and the barly was smitten. --Ex. ix. 31.
6. To afflict; to chasten; to punish.
Let us not mistake God's goodness, nor imagine, because he smites us, that we are forsaken by him. --Wake.
7. To strike or affect with passion, as love or fear.
The charms that smite the simple heart. --Pope.
Smit with the love of sister arts we came. --Pope.
To smite off, to cut off.
To smite out, to knock out, as a tooth. --Exod. xxi. 27.
To smite with the tongue, to reproach or upbraid; to revile. [Obs.]
Smote imp. (∧ rare p. p.) of Smite.
v 1: inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
2: affect suddenly with deep feeling; "He was smitten with love
for this young girl"
3: cause pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"; "That
debasement of the verbal currency that afflicts terms used
in advertisement" [syn: afflict]
[also: smote, smitten, smit]