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bane

 (bān)
n.
1.
a. A cause of harm, ruin, or death: "Obedience, / Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, / Makes slaves of men" (Percy Bysshe Shelley).
b. A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation: "The spellings of foreign names are often the bane of busy copy editors" (Norm Goldstein).
2. Archaic
a. Fatal injury or ruin: "Hath some fond lover tic'd thee to thy bane?" (George Herbert).
b. A deadly poison.

[Middle English, destroyer, from Old English bana; see gwhen- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

bane

(beɪn)
n
1. a person or thing that causes misery or distress (esp in the phrase bane of one's life)
2. something that causes death or destruction
3.
a. a fatal poison
b. (in combination): ratsbane.
4. archaic ruin or distress
[Old English bana; related to Old Norse bani death, Old High German bano destruction, death]

bane

(ben; beɪn)
n
a Scot word for bone

bane

(beɪn)

n.
1. a person or thing that ruins or spoils: Gambling was the bane of his existence.
2. a deadly poison (often used in combination, as in the names of poisonous plants): wolfsbane.
3. death; destruction.
[before 1000; Old English bana slayer, c. Old High German bano, Old Norse bani]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bane - something causing misery or deathbane - something causing misery or death; "the bane of my life"
affliction - a cause of great suffering and distress

bane

bane

noun
1. The act of destroying or state of being destroyed:
2. Anything that is injurious, destructive, or fatal:
3. Something that causes total loss or severe impairment, as of one's health, fortune, honor, or hopes:
4. A cause of suffering or harm:
Translations
bane
kirousriesavaikeus

bane

[beɪn] N (liter) (= poison) → veneno m (fig) → plaga f, azote m
it's the bane of my lifeme amarga la vida

bane

[ˈbeɪn] n
the bane of sb's life
It is the bane of my life → C'est le drame de ma vie.
He's the bane of my life → Il est le drame de ma vie.

bane

n
(= cause of distress)Fluch m; he’s/it’s the bane of my lifeer/das ist noch mal mein Ende (inf)
(old: = poison) → Gift nt

bane

[beɪn] n it (or he ) is the bane of my lifeè la mia rovina

bane

n. perdición; ruina.
References in classic literature ?
But this long debt of confidence, due from me to him, whose bane and ruin I have been, shall at length be paid.
New shingles over the hole in the roof, too, the hole that had for six months been the bane of his soul--he having no money to have it fixed and no time to fix it himself, and the rain leaking in, and overflowing the pots and pans he put to catch it, and flooding the attic and loosening the plaster.
Only one thing, I know: you said you were not as good as you should like to be, and that you regretted your own imperfection;--one thing I can comprehend: you intimated that to have a sullied memory was a perpetual bane.
Murdstone and his sister, who were always present, and found them a favourable occasion for giving my mother lessons in that miscalled firmness, which was the bane of both our lives.
Women were ever the bane of Umslopogaas, my fostering.
Let none admire That riches grow in Hell; that soyle may best Deserve the pretious bane.
It is a singular instance of the capriciousness of the human mind, that after all the admonitions we have had from experience on this head, there should still be found men who object to the new Constitution, for deviating from a principle which has been found the bane of the old, and which is in itself evidently incompatible with the idea of GOVERNMENT; a principle, in short, which, if it is to be executed at all, must substitute the violent and sanguinary agency of the sword to the mild influence of the magistracy.
But with a certain lack of practical sense which has always been my bane, I had made it a mile or more from the sea; and before I had dragged it down to the beach the thing had fallen to pieces.
Policy, the bane of artists demanded it, and so, for the sake of a thousand issues and a common front to the common foe, he placed the love of his life upon the altar of his patriotism, and went, a broken-hearted man, into the long exile.
He was the bane of my life, the curse laid upon me by Providence.
There are as many elixirs of every kind as there are caprices and peculiarities in the physical and moral nature of humanity; and I will say further -- the art of these chemists is capable with the utmost precision to accommodate and proportion the remedy and the bane to yearnings for love or desires for vengeance.
For seven years after he had killed Agamemnon he ruled in Mycene, and the people were obedient under him, but in the eighth year Orestes came back from Athens to be his bane, and killed the murderer of his father.