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.
Hockney saw the object that would become the bane of office secretaries everywhere as bringing him closer to his art.
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.
Bigness is the bane of any creative or responsive activity, and publishing is no exception.
That bashfulness, however, which has been my bane through life, prevented me.
Then said Sigurd, "The time is unborn wherein Regin shall be my bane; nay, rather one road shall both these brothers fare."
His son's trouble caused him a great deal of sorrow: in fact, the bad conduct of Pearl was the bane of his life.All Adrift|Oliver Optic
Their main idea is to keep up for their own purposes that centralization which has so long been the bane of this country.
Ambition, the bane of the leaders of states, led them both to ruin.Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)|Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for bane (1 of 2)
- a fatal poison
- (in combination)ratsbane
Word Origin for bane
British Dictionary definitions for bane (2 of 2)
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.