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To smite means to strike. The past tense of smite is smote. For example, Grandfather Jerome smote me with his cane after I stuck my tongue out at him. The past participle of smite is smitten, the same word as the adjective describing someone who is either infatuated or already in love. This connection makes perfect logical sense, as someone in love has been STRUCK by Cupid's arrow. Crazy, huh? He had smitten me, but I was smitten with Natasha. She was perfect... and has never smitten anyone, as far as I know. Phew! Must be a good person, right?
Contributed by Meghan Marks