[ beyn ]
/ beɪn /
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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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Origin of bane
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bana slayer; cognate with Old Norse bani death, murderer, Old Frisian bona murder, Old Saxon bano murderer, Old High German bano slayer, bana death; akin to Old English benn,Gothic banja wound
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How to use bane in a sentence
“What they are really doing is justifying their existence,” Banes said.
Shadman transferred millions to banks outside Afghanistan in 2013 to buy property to open a business in Dubai, according to Banes.
Not too late yet to escape; for those subtle banes, that are to defy all detection, work but slowly to their end.Lucretia, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He was an earnest enemie to all vices, especially to auarice and pride, the two banes of all vertues.
"Saft beddin's gude for sair banes," quo' Howie when he streekit himsel on the midden-head.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
Banes was particularly severe in his condemnation of Jesse and Frank James.Life and adventures of Frank and Jesse James|J. A. Dacus
"Let me speak till him then," said Jean; "I'll sune bring him till his marrow-banes;" and she took a hasty step to follow him.Christie Johnstone|Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for bane (1 of 2)
/ (beɪn) /
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
Word Origin for bane
Old English bana; related to Old Norse bani death, Old High German bano destruction, death
British Dictionary definitions for bane (2 of 2)
/ (ben, beɪn) /
a Scot word for bone
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