- 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
Related Words for banesruination, undoing, disaster, downfall, torment, affliction, nuisance, curse, ruin, poison, venom, woe, blight, plague, burden, trouble, destruction, scourge, trial, calamity
Examples from the Web for banes
Contemporary Examples of banes
“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.
Historical Examples of banes
O'Rourke snorted disgustedly: "Lave it to Bhoynton to shpill the banes!"Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
Leucorrhea is one of the banes of the modern girl and woman.Woman
William J. Robinson
The next minute the mate was face to face with Captain Banes.
The mate did not stir till he had seen Captain Banes on board.
I shall give way to the extent of asking Captain Banes to let him go with us.
- 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
- a Scot word for bone
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.