see also: Bane
Pronunciation Noun


  1. A cause of misery or death.
    Synonyms: affliction, curse
    Antonyms: boon
    the bane of one's existence
    • Money, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe.
  2. (dated) Poison, especially any of several poisonous plants.
  3. (obsolete) A killer, murderer, slayer.
  4. (obsolete) Destruction; death.
    • 1650, [John Milton], ['Eikonoklastes].  […], A New Edition,  […] edition, London: Printed for G. Kearsly,  […], published 1770, OCLC 1069331418 ↗, page 272 ↗:
      the cup of deception, ſpiced and tempered to their bane
  5. A disease of sheep.
    Synonyms: rot
Translations Verb

bane (banes, present participle baning; past and past participle baned)

  1. (transitive) To kill, especially by poison; to be the poison of.
  2. (transitive) To be the bane of.
Translations Translations Noun

bane (plural banes)

  1. (chiefly, Scotland) bone

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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