Smote

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Smote imp. (and rare p. p of Smite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smote Preterit of smite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.t., pa.p Smote smōt of smite.
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “I told you, sir, they were red-hot with drinking; so full of valor that they smote the air, for breathing in their faces, beat the ground for kissing of their feet.”

Usage

In literature:

Six boys and a whiner were asleep in their bunks in the log cabin when that awesome sound first smote the air.
"The Grammar School Boys Snowbound" by H. Irving Hancock
The sound of clarinets smote his ear.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
Even there it befell Harald that he was smote down, but he gained the life of his body by flight with others that bore him company.
"The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)" by Snorri Sturluson
Alicia's conscience smote her.
"Half a Hero" by Anthony Hope
The Beetle smote upon the drum.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Him Telamonian Ajax smote on the belt, and the long-shadowed spear was fixed in the pit of his stomach.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
I smote the evil man from his horse twice, and he was full of rage that I, an old man, should overcome him.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
The undeserved compliment smote her to the heart.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
As she asked herself the question her conscience smote her.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
The emphasis on the "hope" and the upraised eyebrow smote hard.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Suddenly it stopped, with ears pricked, as if some sound had smote them.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
But it smote the heart of the man no less for that.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
We read that when Peter was in the prison the angel smote him on the side, and raised him up.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
The sight smote Mrs. Kukor.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Then the wind smote him.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
He whispered with the other judges for a moment, then smote the desk before him.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
When, however, Sir William appeared, Rendel's heart almost smote him as Rachel's had done, he seemed so curiously broken down and dispirited.
"The Arbiter" by Lady F. E. E. Bell
It reared and pawed the twilight mists, but he smote it over one ear with his palm, and it stood trembling.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
Her conscience smote her, and she wondered bitterly what she had left undone that might have averted this calamity.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
A certain sense of contrast smote her as she went.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
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In poetry:

The wan, white hands of the waves
That smote us swift apart,
Will never enclasp again,
And draw us heart to heart.
"The Answer" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Unheeding the thousands who waited
To honor and greet,
When the cry of a child smote upon him
And turned back his feet.
"Abraham Lincoln" by Phoebe Cary
Until the angel of the Lord
Came on the wings of Night,
And smote first-born of man and beast,
In his destructive flight.
"Out Of Egypt" by Horatio Alger Jr
The lord he smote upon his breast,
And tore his beard so gray;
But he was old, and she was young,
And so she had her way.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He gave them all their own desire,
And greedy as they fed,
His vengeance burnt with secret fire,
And smote the rebels dead.
"Psalm 78 part 3" by Isaac Watts
We have drunken of Lethe at length, we have eaten of lotus;
What hurts it us here that sorrows are born and die?
We have said to the dream that caressed and the dread that smote us
Goodnight and goodbye.
"In Harbour" by Algernon Charles Swinburne