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bane -- as in: bane of my existence
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  • "Since our country’s birth, the rebel forces have been the bane of our society.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Ask your friend Magnus Bane, if you do not believe me.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • It now became useful, because wolf scats sometimes carry the eggs of a particularly baneful parasite which, if inhaled by man, hatch into minute worms that bore their way into his brain where they encyst, frequently with fatal results both to themselves and to their host.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • She was the bane of his existence.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Just last week I called you the bane of my existence.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Then I sat down in a pink straight-backed wicker chair at an oaken desk, also painted pink, whose coarse-grained and sturdy construction reminded me of the desks used by schoolmarms in the grammar-school classrooms of my childhood, and with a pencil between thumb and forefinger confronted the first page of the yellow legal pad, its barrenness baneful to my eye.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We’d reached the juncture of the hallway where I had to turn for algebra and Boris had to turn for American Government: the bane of his existence.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Bane of my existence.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • I am your faithful slave and to you alone I can confess that my children are the bane of my life.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But this long debt of confidence, due from me to him, whose bane and ruin I have been, shall at length be paid.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter

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  • The obsession with putting ourselves at the centre of everything is the bane not only of theologians but also of zoologists.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He seemed so confident that I, remembering my own confidence two nights before and with the baneful result, felt awe and vague terror.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • — I will not be afraid of death and bane, Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • I am the bane of Zeus.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • He spoke the word as if it were the bane of his existence.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But the bane of his life was Lip-lip.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • ’But where did he come from, the little dark thing, harboured by a good man to his bane?’ muttered Superstition, as I dozed into unconsciousness.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Here was the bane from Zeus.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Lost two thousand years in the past, master of a dead language and a dead empire, the bane and bore of schoolboys, Caesar he believed to be more of a tyrant at Devon than he had ever been in Rome.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Welcome, Frank Zhang! I am Alcyoneus, the bane of Pluto, the new master of Death.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • The prophecy was clear: The bane of Olympus shows the trail.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • New shingles over the hole in the roof, too, the hole that had for six months been the bane of his soul—he having no money to have it fixed and no time to fix it himself, and the rain leaking in, and overflowing the pots and pans he put to catch it, and flooding the attic and loosening the plaster.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • One morning we found among them the man who was the bane of our lives: a sadist whose surname we did not know, but we had called him Thwick-Thwack.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • … The immortal children—the unmentionable bane, the appalling taboo… With Irina’s past, how could she apply any other reading to what she’d seen that day in the narrow field?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Only one thing, I know: you said you were not as good as you should like to be, and that you regretted your own imperfection; — one thing I can comprehend: you intimated that to have a sullied memory was a perpetual bane.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • In what am I benefited by accompanying my son so far, since I now abandon him, and allow him to depart alone to the baneful climate of Africa?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Stephen withstood the bane of miscreant eyes glinting stern under wrinkled brows.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • O fount of Dirce, wood-embowered plain Where Theban chariots to victory speed, Mark ye the cruel laws that now have wrought my bane, The friends who show no pity in my need!
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Couldn’t you try some rat’s-bane?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • TEIRESIAS Not Creon, thou thyself art thine own bane.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Doubtless the Orcs despoiled them, but feared to keep the knives, knowing them for what they are: work of Westernesse, wound about with spells for the bane of Mordor.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Much that was sad, much that was low, some things that were baneful, could be seen in Mixen Lane.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Before your jottering finger could find the trigger, the hilt would dirl on your breast-bane.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • And soon again to Zeus’ home retired Argive Hera, Boiotian Athena, who made the bane of mankind quit the slaughter.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • They were presided over nominally by my mother, but really by Mr. Murdstone and his sister, who were always present, and found them a favourable occasion for giving my mother lessons in that miscalled firmness, which was the bane of both our lives.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Alas! it was this sister, this friend and companion, who was now the chief bane of Fanny’s comfort.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • A fair number referred to him as the Bane of the Ra’zac, which he found so immensely satisfying, he repeated the phrase four times to himself under his breath.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Our natures do pursue,— Like rats that ravin down their proper bane,— A thirsty evil; and when we drink we die.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • When I lifted my other leg onto the bane, I knew what to expect this time.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Before mine eyes in opposition sits Grim Death, my son and foe, who set them on, And me, his parent, would full soon devour For want of other prey, but that he knows His end with mine involved, and knows that I Should prove a bitter morsel, and his bane, Whenever that shall be: so Fate pronounced.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • But with a certain lack of practical sense which has always been my bane, I had made it a mile or more from the sea; and before I had dragged it down to the beach the thing had fallen to pieces.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Racial hate had been the bane of my life, and here before my eyes was concrete proof that it could be abolished.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • …Saphira-suh-FEAR-uh Shruikan-SHREW-kin Silthrim-SEAL-thrim (silis a hard sound to transcribe; it’s made by flicking the tip of the tongue off the roof of the mouth.) Teirm-TEERM Trianna-TREE-ah-nuh Tronjheim-TRONJ-heem Uru’baen-OO-roo-bane Vrael-VRAIL Yazuac-YAA-zoo-ack Zar’roc-ZAR-rock THEANCIENTLANGUAGE: adurna-water Agaeti Blodhren-Blood-oath Celebration Aiedail-The Morning Star Argetlam-Silver Hand Atra esterni ono thelduin/Mor’ranr lifa unin hjarta onr/Un du evarinya ono varda.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Your inexperience of the world, Miss Tulliver, prevents you from anticipating fully the very unjust conceptions that will probably be formed concerning your conduct,—conceptions which will have a baneful effect, even in spite of known evidence to disprove them.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • It was not love, although her rich beauty was a madness to him; nor horror, even while he fancied her spirit to be imbued with the same baneful essence that seemed to pervade her physical frame; but a wild offspring of both love and horror that had each parent in it, and burned like one and shivered like the other.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • It was not love, although her rich beauty was a madness to him; nor horror, even while he fancied her spirit to be imbued with the same baneful essence that seemed to pervade her physical frame; but a wild offspring of both love and horror that had each parent in it, and burned like one and shivered like the other….
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Oh had this particular scene of life lasted, or had I learned from that time I enjoyed it, to have tasted the true sweetness of it, and had I not fallen into that poverty which is the sure bane of virtue, how happy had I been, not only here, but perhaps for ever! for while I lived thus, I was really a penitent for all my life past.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Tina she have coffee and knackebrod, and her fella vos dere, and ve yoost laughed and laughed, and her fella say he vos president and he going to make me queen of Finland, and Ay stick a fedder in may hair and say Ay bane going to go to var—oh, ve vos so foolish and ve LAUGH so!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Among all the methods by which love is brought into being, among all the agents which disseminate that blessed bane, there are few so efficacious as the great gust of agitation which, now and then, sweeps over the human spirit.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • He was the bane of my life, the curse laid upon me by Providence.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
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