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December 5, 2023

Word of the Day: Smite

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Word of the Day
: December 5, 2023

\SMYTE\ verb

What It Means

Smite means “to hit someone or something very hard.” Other uses of the word include “to severely injure, kill, or attack someone” (as in “smitten by disease”) and “to captivate or take” (as in “smitten by her beauty”).

// He smote the ball mightily, which helped us win the game.

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