The answer to today’s Wordle challenge is smite. To smite something is the act of striking it hard or landing a strong blow that deals significant damage. Or, if you happen to be a Greek or Roman god, your smiting actions can turn a mountain to dust or rattle a few planets. However, if you are smitten by one such god, you’re deeply attracted to them and feel a strong affection towards them. Romeo, clearly, was smitten by Juliet, which is also what led to a tragic end.
The closest etymological root is the Danish word smide, which refers to the act of hurling something. It is also related to the Dutch word smijten for throwing and the Old High German word smizan, which describes the act of striking an object. For folks into gaming, they might be familiar with a game of the same name developed by Hi-Rez Studios and published by China’s Tencent Games.
It was originally released for PC in 2014, hit the Xbox platform in 2015, and landed on the PlayStation 4 in 2016. As its name suggests, the game is an online battle arena experience where you play as a god and smite other powerful beings for some sweet glory. From Greek, Egyptian, and Babylonian to Norse, Chinese, and Hindu, the pantheon of gods is quite diverse here. With a Metacritic score of 83/100, “Smite” sure looks like a game worth playing on a lazy weekend.