American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fatal injury or ruin: "Hath some fond lover tic'd thee to thy bane?” ( George Herbert).
- n. A cause of harm, ruin, or death: "Obedience,/Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,/Makes slaves of men” ( Percy Bysshe Shelley).
- n. A source of persistent annoyance or exasperation: "The spellings of foreign names are often the bane of busy copy editors” ( Norm Goldstein).
- n. A deadly poison.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A slayer or murderer; a worker of death, as a man or an animal.
- n. That which causes death or destroys life; especially, poison of a deadly quality.
- n. Hence Any fatal cause of mischief, injury, or destruction: as, vice is the bane of society.
- n. Ruin; destruction.
- n. Death: usually with such verbs as catch, get, take: as, to catch one's bane.
- n. A disease in sheep, more commonly called the rot. Synonyms Pest, curse, scourge.
- To kill; poison.
- To injure; ruin.
- n. Scotch form of bone.
- n. An obsolete form of ban, especially in plural banes, now banns (which see).
- An obsolete form of bain.
- An obsolete form of bain.
- n. A cause of misery or death; an affliction or curse
- n. obsolete A killer, murderer, slayer
- n. dated Poison, especially any of several poisonous plants
- v. transitive To kill, especially by poison; to be the poison of.
- v. transitive To be the bane of.
- n. A bone
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Obs. except in combination, as in ratsbane, henbane, etc. That which destroys life, esp. poison of a deadly quality.
- n. obsolete Destruction; death.
- n. Any cause of ruin, or lasting injury; harm; woe.
- n. A disease in sheep, commonly termed the
- v. obsolete To be the bane of; to ruin.
- n. something causing misery or death
- From Middle English northern dialect ban, from Old English bān (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, destroyer, from Old English bana; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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