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Meaning of bane

bane

Pronunciation: (bān), [key]
— n.
  1. a person or thing that ruins or spoils: Gambling was the bane of his existence.
  2. a deadly poison (often used in combination, as in the names of poisonous plants): wolfsbane; henbane.
  3. death; destruction; ruin.
  4. that which causes death or destroys life: entrapped and drowned beneath the watery bane.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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