Meaning of smite in English:


Pronunciation /smʌɪt/

Translate smite into Spanish

verbpast tense smote/sməʊt/ , past participle smitten/ˈsmɪtn/

  • 1 literary with object Strike with a firm blow.

    ‘he smites the water with his sword’
    • ‘Giles, aware that Warne was more musketeer in approach than monk, cleverly tossed one higher and shorter as Warne advanced to smite another blow.’
    • ‘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 beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him.’
    • ‘The entire café would also feel better if the skies parted, an angel descended, and smote him with a terrible flaming sword.’
    • ‘Back then He would have smitten the villain before he even had a chance to attack His servant.’
    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 ears
    1. 1.1 archaic Defeat or conquer (a people or land)
      ‘he may smite our enemies’
      • ‘After the ruler's next refusal, a plague of locusts smote the land and Moses brought a darkness for three days.’
      • ‘She will smite the empires with her wrath, and in her sorrow wash them away!’
      • ‘Love looks like weakness, and fundamentalists, he says, want a strong God who can smite their enemies.’
      • ‘He was planning to smite his enemies and didn't want to do it on the Sabbath.’
      • ‘Jesus used his powers to smite Egyptians and to torment people who believed in Him and God.’
    2. 1.2(especially of disease) attack or affect severely.
      ‘various people had been smitten with untimely summer flu’
      • ‘There she was attacked by the plague demon, Namtar, smitten with disease from head to foot and kept prisoner by the Queen.’
      • ‘When subsequently inoculated with virus-containing matter, they became smitten with the disease.’
      • ‘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.’
      afflict, attack, assail, trouble, harrow, torment, torture
  • 2be smittenBe strongly attracted to someone or something.

    ‘she was smitten with the boy’
    • ‘According to Greek mythology, the God of Eros supposedly would strike a person in the eyes and make them smitten with their beloved.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘A prince and princess, newly smitten with each other, are so transported with love that they rise into the air.’
    • ‘A Chorley teacher is quitting his life in Lancashire to work in Romania after becoming smitten with the country.’
    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 with


  • A heavy blow or stroke with a weapon or the hand.

    ‘the kirk rang with slaps and smites’
    • ‘Jordan prepared a smite from his Longsword, and then stabbed straight into the King's heart.’
    blow, hit, thump, thwack, punch, slap, smack, welt, cuff, box, knock, rap, buffet


Old English smītan ‘to smear, blemish’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smijten and German schmeissen ‘to fling’.