What does smite mean?

Definitions for smite
smaɪt; smɪtsmite

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word smite.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. smiteverb

    inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon

  2. smiteverb

    affect suddenly with deep feeling

    "He was smitten with love for this young girl"

  3. afflict, smiteverb

    cause physical pain or suffering in

    "afflict with the plague"


  1. smiteverb

    To hit.

  2. smiteverb

    To strike down or kill with godly force.

  3. smiteverb

    To injure with divine power.

  4. smiteverb

    To strike with love or infatuation.

    Bob was smitten with Laura from the first time he saw her.

  5. Etymology: From smiten, from smitan, from smītanan, from smeyd-. Cognate with smita, smite, smijten, besmitten, German schmeißen, Danish smide, Gothic 033103390343033C0334033903440330033D.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Smiteverb

    preterite smote; participle pass. smit, smitten.

    Etymology: smitan , Saxon; smijten, Dutch.

    So sweet a kiss the golden sun gives not
    To those fresh morning drops upon the rose,
    As thy eye beams, when their fresh rays have smote
    The night of dew that on my cheeks down flows. William Shakespeare.

    I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain. Ezek.

    The servants of David had smitten of Benjamin’s men, so that three hundred and threescore died. 2 Sam. ii. 31.

    God smote him for his errour, and he died. 2 Sam. vi.

    Let us not mistake God’s goodness, nor imagine, because he smites us, that we are forsaken by him. William Wake.

    I wander where the muses haunt,
    Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny hill,
    Smit with the love of sacred song. John Milton.

    See what the charms that smite the simple heart,
    Not touch’d by nature, and not reach’d by art. Alexander Pope.

    Smit with the love of sister arts we came,
    And met congenial, mingling flame with flame. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Smiteverb

    To strike; to collide.

    The heart melteth, and the knees smite together. Nahum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smiteverb

    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

  2. Smiteverb

    to cause to strike; to use as an instrument in striking or hurling

  3. Smiteverb

    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

  4. Smiteverb

    to put to rout in battle; to overthrow by war

  5. Smiteverb

    to blast; to destroy the life or vigor of, as by a stroke or by some visitation

  6. Smiteverb

    to afflict; to chasten; to punish

  7. Smiteverb

    to strike or affect with passion, as love or fear

  8. Smiteverb

    to strike; to collide; to beat

  9. Smitenoun

    the act of smiting; a blow

  10. Etymology: [AS. smtan to smite, to soil, pollute; akin to OFries. smta to smite, LG. smiten, D. smijten, G. schmeissen, OHG. smzan to smear, stroke, OSw. & dial. Sw. smita to smite, Dan. smide 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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smite

    smīt, v.t. to strike with the fist, hand, or weapon: to beat: to kill: to overthrow in battle: to affect with feeling: (B.) to blast: to afflict.—v.i. to strike:—pa.t. smōte; pa.p. smitt′en.n. Smī′ter.—Smite off, to cut off; Smite out, to knock out; Smite with the tongue (B.), to reproach, to revile. [A.S. smítan; Dut. smijten, Ger. schmeissen.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. 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 weapon. Also, to beat or put to rout in battle; to destroy or overthrow by war.

Matched Categories

Anagrams for smite »

  1. emits, i-stem, items, Metis, Métis, metis, mites, times, Times

How to pronounce smite?

How to say smite in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smite in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of smite in a Sentence

  1. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    You must shatter the vase to spread its perfume, and smite the rock to get the spark!" (El Filibusterismo)

  2. Jeff Zurschmeide:

    And thou shalt smite thine enemy even unto the wall, gnashing thy teeth, and he shall grow small in thy mirrors.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for smite

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for smite »


Find a translation for the smite definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these smite definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "smite." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 6 Oct. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/smite>.

    Are we missing a good definition for smite? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    prevent from being seen or discovered
    • A. condemn
    • B. conceal
    • C. conform
    • D. interrupt

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for smite: