One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1literary with object Strike with a firm blow.‘he smites the water with his sword’
strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's earsView synonyms
- ‘Giles, aware that Warne was more musketeer in approach than monk, cleverly tossed one higher and shorter as Warne advanced to smite another blow.’
- ‘Back then He would have smitten the villain before he even had a chance to attack His servant.’
- ‘The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him.’
- ‘With the three as one, the weapon will bring order to the land and its warring Duah, a firm hand to smite the darkness and usher in peace.’
- ‘The entire café would also feel better if the skies parted, an angel descended, and smote him with a terrible flaming sword.’
- 1.1archaic Defeat or conquer (a people or land)‘he may smite our enemies’
- ‘Jesus used his powers to smite Egyptians and to torment people who believed in Him and God.’
- ‘After the ruler's next refusal, a plague of locusts smote the land and Moses brought a darkness for three days.’
- ‘Love looks like weakness, and fundamentalists, he says, want a strong God who can smite their enemies.’
- ‘She will smite the empires with her wrath, and in her sorrow wash them away!’
- ‘He was planning to smite his enemies and didn't want to do it on the Sabbath.’
- 1.2usually be smitten (especially of disease) attack or affect severely.‘various people had been smitten with untimely summer flu’
afflict, attack, assail, trouble, harrow, torment, tortureView synonyms
- ‘When subsequently inoculated with virus-containing matter, they became smitten with the disease.’
- ‘There she was attacked by the plague demon, Namtar, smitten with disease from head to foot and kept prisoner by the Queen.’
- ‘Leprosy is used in the Scriptures to symbolize sin, and was sometimes inflicted by the Lord as a punishment for sin, as, for instance, in the case of Miriam, Moses' sister, who was smitten with leprosy because of her improper attitude and disrespectful language to and about her brother Moses.’
2be smittenBe strongly attracted to someone or something.‘she was so smitten with the boy’
fond of, taken with, attracted to, charmed by, captivated by, enchanted by, in love with, enamoured of, infatuated with, love-struck by, keen on, devoted to, smitten with, head over heels in love withView synonyms
- ‘A Chorley teacher is quitting his life in Lancashire to work in Romania after becoming smitten with the country.’
- ‘A prince and princess, newly smitten with each other, are so transported with love that they rise into the air.’
- ‘He claims to be smitten with Vera and strikes a deal with Ford to have a private, paid meeting with the young femme fatale.’
- ‘A source told America's New York Post newspaper: ‘They've been dating for about two weeks and they seem smitten with each other.’’
- ‘According to Greek mythology, the God of Eros supposedly would strike a person in the eyes and make them smitten with their beloved.’
A heavy blow or stroke with a weapon or the hand.
blow, hit, thump, thwack, punch, slap, smack, welt, cuff, box, knock, rap, buffetView synonyms
- ‘Jordan prepared a smite from his Longsword, and then stabbed straight into the King's heart.’
Old English smītan ‘to smear, blemish’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smijten and German schmeissen ‘to fling’.
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