bane, curse, scourge, nemesis

(noun) something causing misery or death; “the bane of my life”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


bane (countable and uncountable, plural banes)

A cause of misery or death.

Synonyms: affliction, curse

Antonym: boon

(dated) Poison, especially any of several poisonous plants.

(obsolete) A killer, murderer, slayer.

(obsolete) Destruction; death.

A disease of sheep.

Synonym: rot


bane (third-person singular simple present banes, present participle baning, simple past and past participle baned)

(transitive) To kill, especially by poison; to be the poison of.

(transitive) To be the bane of.

Etymology 2


bane (plural banes)

(chiefly, Scotland) bone


• Bean, Bena, bean, nabe

Proper noun

Bane (plural Banes)

A surname.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Bane is the 6127th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 5591 individuals. Bane is most common among White (92.34%) individuals.


• Bean, Bena, bean, nabe

Source: Wiktionary

Bane, n. Etym: [OE. bane destruction, AS. bana murderer; akin to Icel. bani death, murderer, OHG. bana murder, bano murderer, 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, etc.]

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. Herbert.

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


– Poison; ruin; destruction; injury; pest.

Bane, v. t.

Definition: To be the bane of; to ruin. [Obs.] Fuller.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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