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smite

  

      vb   , smites, smiting, smote, smitten, smit   mainly tr  
Now archaic in most senses  
1    to strike with a heavy blow or blows  
2    to damage with or as if with blows  
3    to afflict or affect severely  
smitten with flu     
4    to afflict in order to punish  
5    intr; foll by: on   to strike forcibly or abruptly  
the sun smote down on him     
     (Old English smitan; related to Old High German smizan to smear, Gothic bismeitan, Old Swedish smeta to daub)  
  smiter      n  
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smiter, smit, samite, Semite

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