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What does smite mean? Meaning of the word explained, definition and examples of how to use it in a sentence

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The human language is one that is always evolving. Words that once might have been at the height of popularity will fall out of fashion,

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or pick up a new meaning, or others that haven’t been used in years will suddenly come back around.

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One word that has people wondering about its definition today is that of smite, an Old English word.

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What does smite mean? The word smite is a verb, with the past tense version being smote, the past participle smitten and present participle smiting.

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Merriam-Webster defines the word smite as: “to strike sharply or heavily especially with the hand or an implement held in the hand”.

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Here are some example sentences using the word smite and its various forms: – The man vowed to smite his enemies – The family was smote by the plague – Villages were smitten by floods – The blacksmith was smiting the iron

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The word smitten does have its own separate definition as well, one that’s more up to date than the old fashioned one that is associated with smite.

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The alternative definition of smitten, as defined by Merriam-Webster, means “deeply affected with or struck by strong feelings or attraction, affection, or infatuation”.

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So you’re more likely to see smitten used in reference to someone talking about feelings, for example: The man was entirely smitten by his new wife.