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for To smite off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Smite \Smite\ (sm[imac]t), v. t. [imp. Smote (sm[=o]t), rarely
Smit (sm[i^]t); p. p. Smitten (sm[i^]t"t'n), rarely
Smit, or Smote; p. pr. & vb. n. Smiting
(sm[imac]t"[i^]ng).] [AS. sm[imac]tan to smite, to soil,
pollute; akin to OFries. sm[imac]ta to smite, LG. smiten, D.
smijten, G. schmeissen, OHG. sm[imac]zan to smear, stroke,
OSw. & dial. Sw. smita to smite, Dan. smide to throw, Goth.
bismeitan, to anoint, besmear; cf. Skr. m[=e]d to be fat. The
original sense seems to have been, to daub on, to smear. Cf.
1. To strike; to inflict a blow upon with the hand, or with
any instrument held in the hand, or with a missile thrown
by the hand; as, to smite with the fist, with a rod,
sword, spear, or stone.
Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn
to him the other also. --Matt. v. 39.
And David . . . took thence a stone, and slang it,
and smote the Philistine in his forehead. --1 Sam.
2. To cause to strike; to use as an instrument in striking or
Prophesy, and smite thine hands together. --Ezek.
Saul . . . smote the javelin into the wall. --1 Sam.
3. To destroy the life of by beating, or by weapons of any
kind; to slay by a blow; to kill; as, to smite one with
the sword, or with an arrow or other instrument.
4. To put to rout in battle; to overthrow by war.
5. To blast; to destroy the life or vigor of, as by a stroke
or by some visitation.
The flax and the barly was smitten. --Ex. ix. 31.
6. To afflict; to chasten; to punish.
Let us not mistake God's goodness, nor imagine,
because he smites us, that we are forsaken by him.
7. To strike or affect with passion, as love or fear.
The charms that smite the simple heart. --Pope.
Smit with the love of sister arts we came. --Pope.
To smite off, to cut off.
To smite out, to knock out, as a tooth. --Exod. xxi. 27.
To smite with the tongue, to reproach or upbraid; to
revile. [Obs.] --Jer. xviii. 18.
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