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Definition of "smite" [smite]

  • To inflict a heavy blow on, with or as if with the hand, a tool, or a weapon. (verb-transitive)
  • To drive or strike (a weapon, for example) forcefully onto or into something else. (verb-transitive)
  • To attack, damage, or destroy by or as if by blows. (verb-transitive)
  • To afflict: The population was smitten by the plague. (verb-transitive)
  • To afflict retributively; chasten or chastise. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "smite" in a sentence
  • "Ay! as long as the prophet was ordered to stamp with his foot, I will stamp with my foot; -- (here he stamped till the platform trembled for its safety) -- and to smite with his hand, I will _smite_ with my hand -- (slapping alternate hands on alternate thighs.) -- Yes! and"
  • "Some opined it was the work of an alien race, some blamed cosmic radiation and some called it a smite from a god who†™ d grown jealous of mankind†™ s omniscience over these machines, punishing his own creation for aspiring to become too godlike in its own way."
  • "Big Bird will once again smite the politicians - as long as he isn't caught consorting with lesbians."