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bane

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Pronunciation: /beɪn
 
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Definition of bane in English:

noun

[usually in singular]
1A cause of great distress or annoyance: the telephone was the bane of my life
More example sentences
  • His dyslexia - the bane of his life - meant that he found writing difficult, and he preferred giving papers at meetings.
  • On the other hand there are the low waist pants - the bane of my life.
  • In fact the bane of my life was a cousin and his birthday parties.
Synonyms
scourge, ruin, death, plague, ruination, destruction;
torment, torture, menace, suffering, pain, distress, hardship, cross to bear, burden, thorn in one's flesh/side, bitter pill, affliction, calamity, despair, trouble, misery, woe, tribulation, misfortune, nuisance, pest, headache, trial, blight, curse, nightmare
2 archaic Something, especially poison, which causes death.

Origin

Old English bana 'thing causing death, poison', of Germanic origin.

Derivatives

baneful

1
adjective ( archaic )
Example sentences
  • Unlike most mayors, he saw that social problem solving goes beyond the province of experts, planners, and managers and that most baneful of concepts, ‘delivering services.’
  • Second, declarations about the baneful influence of popular culture gloss over the dearth of evidence supporting a causal link between watching portrayals of violence and engaging in violent behavior.
  • In many places in Britain, it was customary to light huge bonfires in the fields to ward off baneful influences, often accompanied by much partying.

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