Definitions for: Bane

[n] something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bane (b[=a]n), n. [OE. bane destruction, AS. bana
murderer; akin to Icel. bani death, murderer, OHG. bana
murder, bano murderer, Goth. banja stroke, wound, Gr. foney`s
murderer, fo`nos murder, OIr. bath death, benim I strike.
1. That which destroys life, esp. poison of a deadly quality.
[Obs. except in combination, as in ratsbane, henbane,

2. Destruction; death. [Obs.]

The cup of deception spiced and tempered to their
bane. --Milton.

3. Any cause of ruin, or lasting injury; harm; woe.

Money, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe.

4. A disease in sheep, commonly termed the rot.

Syn: Poison; ruin; destruction; injury; pest.

Bane, v. t.
To be the bane of; to ruin. [Obs.] --Fuller.

Synonyms: curse, nemesis, scourge

See Also: affliction

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