The definition of bane means something that will kill, destroy or distress someone.noun
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- Old Poet. deadly harm; ruin; death
- the cause of distress, death, or ruin
- deadly poison: now obsolete except in ratsbane, etc.
Origin: ME < OE bana < IE base *bhen-, to strike, wound > Avestan banta-, sick, weak, Goth banja, wound, blow
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- Fatal injury or ruin: “Hath some fond lover tic'd thee to thy bane?” (George Herbert).
- a. A cause of harm, ruin, or death: “Obedience,/Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,/Makes slaves of men” (Percy Bysshe Shelley).b. A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation: “The spellings of foreign names are often the bane of busy copy editors” (Norm Goldstein).
- A deadly poison.
Origin: Middle English, destroyer, from Old English bana; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.