Bane meaning

bān
The definition of bane means something that will kill, destroy or distress someone.

An example of bane is what kryptonite is to Superman.

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To kill, especially by poison; to be the poison of.
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A cause of misery or death; an affliction or curse.

The bane of my existence.

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A disease of sheep; the rot.
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Deadly poison.
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To be the bane of.
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(chiefly Scotland) A bone.
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(old poet.) Deadly harm; ruin; death.
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The cause of distress, death, or ruin.
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(dated) Poison, especially any of several poisonous plants.
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Origin of bane

  • Middle English destroyer from Old English bana gwhen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bane, from Old English bana, from Proto-Germanic *banô; akin to Old High German bano (“death”), Icelandic bani (“bane, death”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English northern dialect ban, from Old English bān

    From Wiktionary