smite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smite cause physical pain or suffering in "afflict with the plague"
    • v smite inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
    • v smite affect suddenly with deep feeling "He was smitten with love for this young girl"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: "Any childe over 16 who shall CURSE or SMITE their natural FATHER or MOTHER, or act in a STUBBORNE or REBELLIOUS manner shall be put to death."
    • n Smite The act of smiting; a blow.
    • Smite 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."
    • Smite To blast; to destroy the life or vigor of, as by a stroke or by some visitation. "The flax and the barly was smitten ."
    • Smite To cause to strike; to use as an instrument in striking or hurling. "Prophesy, and smite thine hands together.""Saul . . . smote the javelin into the wall."
    • Smite 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.
    • Smite To put to rout in battle; to overthrow by war.
    • Smite To strike or affect with passion, as love or fear. "The charms that smite the simple heart.""Smit with the love of sister arts we came."
    • v. i Smite To strike; to collide; to beat. "The heart melteth, and the knees smite together."
    • Smite 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.""And David . . . took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smite To strike; give a hard blow, as with the hand or something held in the hand, or, archaically, with something thrown; it heavily.
    • smite To destroy the life of by beating or by weapons of any kind; slay; kill.
    • smite To visit disastrously; seize suddenly or severely; attack in a way that threatens or destroys life or vigor: as, a person or a city smitten with pestilence.
    • smite To afflict; chasten; punish.
    • smite To strike or affect with emotion or passion, especially love; catch the affection or fancy of.
    • smite To trouble, as by reproaches; distress.
    • smite To cast; bend.
    • smite To come upon; affect suddenly as if with a blow; strike.
    • smite To strike; collide; knock.
    • smite To produce an effect as by a stroke; come, enter, or penetrate with quickness and force.
    • n smite A blow.
    • n smite A small portion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Smite smīt to strike with the fist, hand, or weapon: to beat: to kill: to overthrow in battle: to affect with feeling:
    • v.i Smite to strike:—pa.t. smōte; pa.p. smitt′en
    • v.t Smite smīt (B.) to blast: to afflict
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Quotations

  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. smītan, to smite, to soil, pollute; akin to OFries. smīta, to smite, LG. smiten, D. smijten, G. schmeissen, OHG. smīzan, to smear, stroke, OSw. & dial. Sw. smita, to smite, Dan. smide, to throw, Goth. bismeitan, to anoint, besmear; cf. Skr. mēd, to be fat. The original sense seems to have been, to daub on, to smear. Cf. Smut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smítan; Dut. smijten, Ger. schmeissen.

Usage

In literature:

This is the time for smiting your chest with your hand, and talking loud to keep up the circulation.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
So easily does rumour spin her stories and smite her victims with sadness.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol III" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
And yet at this very juncture, Crabbe's poetic conscience smites him.
"Crabbe, (George)" by Alfred Ainger
If a man smite his servant or his maid with a rod, and he die under his hand, he shall be surely punished.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
What if mine heavenly Spouse in jealous ire Should smite mine earthly spouse?
"The Saint's Tragedy" by Charles Kingsley
The thief, who had thus spoken, drew towards my lord Thibault, with outstretched sword, thinking to smite him in the middle.
"French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France" by Marie de France
Then he tore up the half-written resignation and began to smite things in order for the flight.
"The Grafters" by Francis Lynde
Hush, ere she smite you and entrap you fast.
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
And would he not smite the rocks for water?
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
The preachers scattered in the camp and exhorted the soldiers to go down and smite the enemy.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
A plague of frivolity, more deadly than the locusts of Egypt, has fallen upon us, and is smiting all our green places with barrenness.
"The Teaching of Jesus" by George Jackson
Besides, I do not wish to consume you with lightnings, and to smite you with insanity appears so unnecessary.
"Figures of Earth" by James Branch Cabell
He could bear it no longer; he cried, and called upon God to smite him.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
Thy loud note smites my ear!
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. II." by William Wordsworth
And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, And with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
"The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible" by R. Heber Newton
At the discovery of our ill-success, Sir Roger looks so honestly crestfallen that my heart smites me.
"Nancy" by Rhoda Broughton
Who is so powerful as to be able to smite Rama?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
JAEL, the Jewish matron who slew Sisera the Canaanitish captain, smiting a nail into his temples as he lay asleep in her tent, Judges iv.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
My son's voice smites me.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
With a taming-wand I smite thee, and I will tame thee, maiden!
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
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In poetry:

"What! from their gentle eyes doth nought
Speak of thy childhood's hours,
And smite thee with a tender thought
Of thy dead father's towers?
"The Kaiser's Feast" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
He chastens us as nations and as men,
He smites us sore until our pride doth yield,
And hence our heroes, each with hearts for ten,
Were vanquished in the field;
"An Elegiac Ode" by James Barron Hope
"To be a deep and wondrous world; for I
Have seen the trees within it—marvellous things
So thick no bird betwixt their leaves could fly
But she would smite her wings;—
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
Nay! Father, that is past--I am a man
Once more, and look at Sorrow in the eyes;
Let Truth e'en smite me with her two-edged blade,
But smite me, like a warrior, face to face.
"Llewellyn" by Walter Richard Cassels
Yet if, by madness and treachery blighted,
Dawns the dark hour when the sword thou must draw,
Then with the arms of thy millions united,
Smite the bold traitors to Freedom and Law!
"Union and Liberty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"So sooner and surer the glory
That is not with us shall be,
And stronger the hands that smite
The heads of the sons of night,
And the sound throughout earth of our story
Give all men heart to be free."
"Mentana : First Anniversary" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Randy says the basketball gods smite the Mavs for blowing up a championship team.
Every-body thought it was horrible, evil, and that our civilization, with God on our side, had risen up to smite them.
Rasa Smite, Creative Networks, In the Rearview Mirror of Eastern European History.
Smite the 'Green' Church.
In ancient Greece, the gods could smite you in any number of ways.
Fantasy gods smile on some, smite others.
If God is liable to smite anybody around here, it's me.
When it's smiting time, I duck, because I don't believe in any religion that requires a building and loan payments.
Do Abbey monks have the power to smite.
Smite supercilious snobs while drinking wine and taking in the symphony.
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