Definition of smite verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//smaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smaɪt//
    (old use or literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they smite
    BrE BrE//smaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smaɪt//
    he / she / it smites
    BrE BrE//smaɪts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smaɪts//
    past simple smote
    BrE BrE//sməʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//smoʊt//
    past participle smitten
    BrE BrE//ˈsmɪtn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmɪtn//
    -ing form smiting
    BrE BrE//ˈsmaɪtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsmaɪtɪŋ//
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  1. 1smite somebody/something to hit somebody/something hard; to attack or punish somebody
  2. 2smite somebody to have a great effect on somebody, especially an unpleasant or serious one Suddenly my conscience smote me.
  3. see also smitten
    Word OriginOld English smītan ‘to smear, blemish’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smijten and German schmeissen ‘to fling’.
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