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.
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How to use bane in a sentence
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Sleet is often the bane of winter weather forecasting in our region.Sleet vs. snow: The reason behind Thursday’s icy mess | Jeffrey Halverson | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Friend drama has always been the bane of teen and tween girl existence.
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“Any more uncertainty on any level is just the bane of these state agencies’ existence,” Evermore said.There are only 2 states paying Trump’s $300 unemployment benefits so far. Here’s where the rest stand | Lee Clifford | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
bane said this is the real reason for SIGAR reluctance to let the Shadman case go.
Hockney saw the object that would become the bane of office secretaries everywhere as bringing him closer to his art.
Zac kept walking around the set doing bane impersonations—“I was born in the dark!”The Unheralded Comedy Genius: Nicholas Stoller on ‘Neighbors,’ Zac Efron’s ‘Darkness,’ and Diddy | Marlow Stern | May 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This problem has a long history and is the bane of drug prevention experts.
The agenda is likely to focus on Syria, which has been a bane to the pope since taking office last March.
Seems as if K. was beginning to come up against those political forces which have ever been a British Commander's bane.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Love of money was throughout the bane of Loftus, and went far to neutralise the good effects of his learning and eloquence.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
He is presumed here to have been killed by Hother, who is therefore called “the bane of Gelder.”The Death of Balder | Johannes Ewald
It might be good for hogs, but it was a form of monks' bane, as it were.Old-Time Makers of Medicine | James J. Walsh
Anything with my hands but I bane not much good on head work.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman | Emma Speed Sampson
British Dictionary definitions for bane (1 of 2)
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
British Dictionary definitions for bane (2 of 2)
a Scot word for bone
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