For a very long time, I’ve been completely smitten with the word smitten.
There are a few new people in my life and I’ve been using this word a lot, mostly to say “I find this person adorable, and I enjoy having them around.”
I love that these new posts are making me look into the full meaning of things, because the word smitten is more versatile than I’ve ever been inclined to use it.
Much thanks to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/smitten for the following definitions.
vb1. a past participle of smiteadj2. (postpositive) affected by love (for)
v. smote, smit•ten or smit (smɪt) or smote, smit•ing. v.t.1. to strike or hit hard, with or as if with the hand, a stick, or other weapon.2. to deliver or deal (a blow) by striking hard.3. to strike down, injure, or slay.4. to afflict or attack with deadly or disastrous effect: smitten by polio.5. to affect mentally, morally, or emotionally with a strong and sudden feeling: They were smitten with terror.6. to impress favorably; enamor: He was smitten by her charms.7. to strike; deal a blow.
So, darlings, go forth and use the word smitten! It’s plenty useful!