What does bane mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bane, curse, scourge, nemesisnoun

    something causing misery or death

    "the bane of my life"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BANEnoun

    Etymology: bana, Sax. a murderer.

    Begone, or else let me. ’Tis bane to draw
    The same air with thee. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    All good to me becomes
    Bane; and in heav’n much worse would be my state. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix. l. 122.

    They, with speed,
    Their course through thickest constellations held,
    Spreading their bane. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x. l. 412.

    Thus, am I doubly armed; my death and life,
    My bane and antidote, are both before me:
    This, in a moment, brings me to an end;
    But that informs me I shall never die. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Insolency must be represt, or it will be the bane of the Christian religion. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 7.

    I will not be afraid of death and bane,
    Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Suffices that to me strength is my bane,
    And proves the source of all my miseries. John Milton, S. Agon.

    So entertain’d those odorous sweets the fiend,
    Who came their bane. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iv. l. 167.

    Who can omit the Gracchi, who declare
    The Scipios’ worth, those thunderbolts of war,
    The double bane of Carthage? John Dryden, Æneid vi.

    False religion is, in its nature, the greatest bane and destruction to government in the world. South.

  2. To Baneverb

    To poison.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    What if my house be troubled with a rat,
    And I be pleas’d to give ten thousand ducats
    To have it ban’d. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.


  1. bane

    Bane is a noun that refers to a cause of great distress, annoyance, or ruin. It can also mean something that causes death or destruction. In a broader context, it can also refer to a person or thing that spoils or ruins an activity or situation. It originates from Old English and was historically used to refer to a cause of death, ruin, or harm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Banenoun

    that which destroys life, esp. poison of a deadly quality

  2. Banenoun

    destruction; death

  3. Banenoun

    any cause of ruin, or lasting injury; harm; woe

  4. Banenoun

    a disease in sheep, commonly termed the rot

  5. Baneverb

    to be the bane of; to ruin

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bane

    bān, n. destruction: death: mischief: poison.—v.t. (arch.) to harm, to poison.—adj. Bane′ful, destructive.—adv. Bane′fully.n. Bane′fulness. [A.S. bana, a murderer; Ice. bani, death.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BANE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bane is ranked #6127 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bane surname appeared 5,591 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Bane.

    92.3% or 5,163 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 159 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 103 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 77 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 45 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 44 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bane in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bane in a Sentence

  1. Max Stier:

    Uncertainty is the bane of good management. And there's an awful lot of uncertainty right now, an acting person is a bit like the substitute teacher. They may be a wonderful teacher, but the fact that they're the substitute teacher means they get no respect, they have no perceived authority to solve things, they don't set the lesson plan, and you also don't build the same kind of rapport with your peers across government, which is also super important.

  2. Sarm Heslop:

    My days are consumed by what happened in the hours between Bane finding Sarm missing and Bane calling the Coast Guard, why didn’t he shout for help or sound an alarm to notify the two other boats moored close by that Sarm was missing? …No one but Bane can explain why he didn’t call the Coast Guard until eight hours after speaking to the police on land.

  3. Didier Gonzales:

    Noise is the bane of modern life and a major health issue. It hurts people like secondary smoking does.

  4. Hindi Filmy Quote:

    Bhagwan ke ghar bhi khot chale Puja ke liye bhi note chale Jo chahe karwalo dhan se Har kam bane donation se Milta hain us hi ko vote Dikhaye jo voter ko note

  5. Andrew Baldwin:

    We have heard that Sarm's phone, passport and all belongings were left on the boat, where she was living with Mr. Ryan Bane, she would not just disappear, leaving no trace. She is savvy and sensible, it's not like her at all, it just doesn't add up.

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