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bane

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noun \ ˈbān \

Definition of bane

1 a obsolete :killer, slayer
b :poison
c :death, destruction
  • stop the way of those that seek my bane
  • —Philip Sidney
d :woe
2 :a source of harm or ruin :curse
  • national frontiers have been more of a bane than a boon for mankind
  • —D. C. Thomson

Origin and Etymology of bane

Middle English, from Old English bana; akin to Old High German bano death


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bane

verb

Definition of bane

baned; baning
transitive verb
obsolete
:to kill especially with poison

Origin and Etymology of bane

see 1bane


3

bane

noun

Definition of bane

chiefly Scotland
:bone

Origin and Etymology of bane

Middle English (northern dialect) ban, from Old English bān — more at bone


Medical Dictionary

bane

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noun \ ˈbān \

medical Definition of bane

:poison — see henbane


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