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)
7. To strike or affect with passion, as love or fear. "The charms that smite the simple heart." (Pope) "Smith 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 upbarid; to revile.
Origin: Smoth, rarely Smit; Smitten, rarely Smit, or Smote; Smiting] [AS. Smitan to smite, to soil, pollute; akin to OFries. Smita to smite, LG. Smiten, D. Smijten, G. Schmeissen, OHG. Smizan to smear, stroke, OSw. & dial. Sw. Smita to smite, Dan. Smiide to throw, Goth. Bismeitan, to anoint, besmear; cf. Skr. Md to be fat. The original sense seems to have been, to daub on, to smear. Cf. Smut.
(01 Mar 1998)
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