Past Tense Of Smite: Smote or Smited? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Smite?

Tell me, how many irregular verbs do you know? You intend to talk about the verb run or the verb crochet, don’t you?

Here, we will add one more verb for your collection: smite. 

So what is the past tense of smite? It’s SMOTE. You alter “I” (in the base form) for “I”, in short. It can be spelled S-M-O-T-E.

Next, grasp five forms of English verbs smite (irregular forms) by viewing this table:

Basic Form/Derived Form (V1) smite
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form (V2) smites
Past Form (V3) smote
Past Participle Form (V4) smitten
Present Participle/Gerund (V5) smiting

To help you remember the forms of smite better, watch this video:

Smite V1 V2 V3 V4 V5 Base Form, Past Simple, Past Participle Form of smite | – YouTube

How To Pronounce Smite Correctly?

Pronunciation is part and parcel of speaking skills in any foreign language. Thus, we’re all set to accurately explain how to enunciate smite past tense. Look at this table:

Form of word


British English

American English
smite /smaɪt/



/smaɪts/ /smaɪts/
smote /sməʊt/



/ˈsmɪtn/ /ˈsmɪtn/
smiting /ˈsmaɪtɪŋ/


What Does Smite Mean?

Here, let’s polish your knowledge of the English word meaning. There are two meanings only:

  1. To have a significant effect on someone, notably a serious or unpleasant one.
  • To be honest, these intensive English courses smite me. 
  • To be honest, these intensive English courses smote me. 
  • To be honest, these intensive English courses have smitten me. 

2. To hit something/someone hard; to punish or attack someone.

  • He smites the foes to protect his whole family.
  • He smote the foes to defend his whole family.
  • He had smitten the foes to defend his whole family.

Vocabulary Quiz

Delve into some questions for homework. These five sentences will help enhance your linguistic ability.

  1. The trees are splintered, crushed, and broken, as if ……… by thunderbolts.

a. smitten   b. smites   c. smote d. smiting

2. She waited for realization, for pain to ……….. her.

a. smitten   b. smites   c. smote d. smite

3. Then, without warning, a tremendous blast ……….. the city, knocking pedestrians to the ground.

a. smitten   b. smites   c. smote d. smiting

4. Misfortune ……….. him and all his family. 

a. smitten   b. smites   c. smote d. smiting

5. Bringing his sword down swiftly, the knight tried to ………. the enemy before he could get away.

a. smitten   b. smite   c. smote d. smiting


  • A (smitten – past participle)
  • D (smite – bare infinitive)
  • C (smote – simple past)
  • C (smote – simple past)
  • B (smite – bare infinitive, after “to”)


Past Participle Of “Smite”: What Is It? 

The correct answer is “smitten.”

What Is The Past Tense Of Smite: Smited Or Smote?

The past tense of this verb is “smote”. Meanwhile, “smited” does not exist in English or may belong to the ancient languages.

Is Smite A Word?

Yes. “Smite” is just a verb in the English language.

Is It Smitten Or Smited?

You must use “is it smitten”. This is a sentence using passive voice, and you need to apply the past participle form of the verb. 

The Present Participle Of “Smite”: What Is It?

It is “smiting”.

Will Be Smitten Or Will Be Smote?

Using “will be smitten” is accurate as it relates to the passive voice. And the verb “smite” needs transferring to the past participle form. 

What Are Examples For Smite?

Here are three short examples with “smite” for your reference:

  • He was utterly smitten then and boasted about how he’d met the exciting and charming woman.
  • Team No.1 is completely smitten.
  • Anna admits with a cheeky grin that she was instantly smitten by the blonde bombshell in the white dress with a big split up the side.