- a person or thing that ruins or spoils: Gambling was the bane of his existence.
- a deadly poison (often used in combination, as in the names of poisonous plants): wolfsbane; henbane.
- death; destruction; ruin.
- Obsolete. that which causes death or destroys life: entrapped and drowned beneath the watery bane.
Origin of bane
Examples from the Web for bane
Bane said this is the real reason for SIGAR reluctance to let the Shadman case go.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Hockney saw the object that would become the bane of office secretaries everywhere as bringing him closer to his art.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
This problem has a long history and is the bane of drug prevention experts.Is The Media Marketing Pain Pills to Addicts?
March 4, 2014
The agenda is likely to focus on Syria, which has been a bane to the pope since taking office last March.Putin to Meet Pope Francis in Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 25, 2013
Bigness is the bane of any creative or responsive activity, and publishing is no exception.5 Ways to Fix Book Publishing
July 12, 2013
Outsiders are the bane of the police as of other professions.The Secret Agent
These garments, made by my mother's own hands, had long been the bane of my existence.In the Valley
Every bane has its corresponding antidote; if so, there may be physic even for a philter.The Comic Latin Grammar
It was the bane of a low connexion poisoned all hope of recovery.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
The scorn of that old woman at Houghton, had been the bane of her existence.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
- a person or thing that causes misery or distress (esp in the phrase bane of one's life)
- something that causes death or destruction
- a fatal poison
- (in combination)ratsbane
- archaic ruin or distress
- a Scot word for bone
Word Origin and History for bane
Old English bana "killer, slayer, murderer; the devil," from Proto-Germanic *banon, cognate with *banja- "wound" (cf. Old Frisian bona "murderer," Old Norse bani, Old High German bana "murder," Old English benn "wound," Gothic banja "stroke, wound"), from PIE root *gwhen- "to strike, kill, wound" (cf. Avestan banta "ill"). Modern sense of "that which causes ruin or woe" is from 1570s.