Definition of bane in English:


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Pronunciation: /beɪn


[usually in singular]
  • 2 archaic Something, especially poison, which causes death.



adjective ( • archaic )
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  • 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.


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

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