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Dictionary Definition

bane n : something causes misery or death; "the bane of my life" [syn: curse, scourge, nemesis]

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Etymology 1

, from bana; akin to Old High German bano death.


  1. A cause of misery or death; an affliction or curse
  2. Poison, especially any of several poisonous plants
Related terms
source of harm or ruin; affliction


  1. To kill, especially by poison; to be the poison of.
  2. To be the bane of.
to be the poison of
to be the bane of

Etymology 2

From northern dialect ban, from bān


  1. chiefly Scottish bone


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form of banen

Extensive Definition

Original meaning
In fiction
Other uses
bane in Spanish: Bane (desambiguación)
bane in French: Bane
bane in Italian: Bane
bane in Dutch: Bane

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abomination, annihilation, atrocity, bad, befoulment, biological death, blight, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed, braining, cessation of life, clinical death, contagion, corruption, crossing the bar, crying evil, curtains, damage, dealing death, death, death knell, deathblow, debt of nature, decease, defilement, demise, departure, despoliation, destroyer, destruction, destruction of life, detriment, dispatch, dissolution, doom, dying, ebb of life, end, end of life, ending, eternal rest, euthanasia, evil, execution, exit, expiration, extermination, extinction, extinguishment, fate, final summons, finger of death, flow of blood, going, going off, gore, grave, grievance, hand of death, harm, havoc, hurt, ill, immolation, infection, injury, jaws of death, kill, killing, knell, lapidation, last debt, last muster, last rest, last roundup, last sleep, leaving life, loss of life, making an end, martyrdom, martyrization, mercy killing, mischief, outrage, parting, passing, passing away, passing over, perishing, poison, poisoning, pollution, quietus, release, rest, reward, ritual killing, ritual murder, ruin, ruination, sacrifice, sentence of death, shades of death, shadow of death, shooting, slaughter, slaying, sleep, somatic death, stoning, summons of death, taking of life, the worst, toxin, undoing, venom, vexation, virus, woe, wrong
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