smite

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English smiten, from Old English smītan (to daub, smear, smudge; soil, defile, pollute), from Proto-Germanic *smītaną (to throw), from Proto-Indo-European *smeyd- (to smear, whisk, strike, rub). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smieta (to throw, toss), West Frisian smite (to throw), Low German smieten (to throw, chuck, toss), Dutch smijten (to fling, hurl, throw), Middle Low German besmitten (to soil, sully), German schmeißen (to fling, throw), Danish smide (to throw), Gothic 𐌱𐌹𐍃𐌼𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (bismeitan).

Verb[edit]

smite (third-person singular simple present smites, present participle smiting, simple past smote or (obsolete) smit, past participle smitten or smited)

  1. (archaic) To hit.
    • Bible, Matthew v. 39
      Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      "Right you are!" I cried. "We must believe the other until we prove it false. We can't afford to give up heart now, when we need heart most. The branch was carried down by a river, and we are going to find that river." I smote my open palm with a clenched fist, to emphasize a determination unsupported by hope.
  2. To strike down or kill with godly force.
  3. To injure with divine power.
  4. To put to rout in battle; to overthrow by war.
  5. To afflict; to chasten; to punish.
    • Wake
      Let us not mistake God's goodness, nor imagine, because he smites us, that we are forsaken by him.
  6. (figuratively, now only in passive) To strike with love or infatuation.
    Bob was smitten with Laura from the first time he saw her.
    • Alexander Pope
      the charms that smite the simple heart

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West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian smīta, from Proto-Germanic *smītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *smeyd-. Compare East Frisian smita, English smite, Dutch smijten, German schmeißen, Danish smide.

Verb[edit]

smite

  1. To throw
  2. To fling

Conjugation[edit]

Infinitive: smite
Present tense Past tense
person singular plural singular plural
1st ik smyt wy smite ik smiet wy smieten
2nd do/dû smytst jimme smite do/dû smietest jimme smieten
3rd hy/sy smyt hja smite hy/sy smiet hja smieten
Present participle Imperative Auxiliary Past participle
smitende (smitendee) smyt hawwe smiten