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Definition something that causes misery

More rarely and archaically, "bane" references a poison — often in combination with a plant name such as Wolfsbane.
  • "I am the bane of her existence," Clary said, mimicking her mother's precise phrasing with only a slight twinge of guilt.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
bane = something that causes misery
  • "—because that prophecy called it the giants' bane," the coach continued.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • '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
  • Before your jottering finger could find the trigger, the hilt would dirl on your breast-bane.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • 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
  • 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
  • His condition was acne rosacea, not to be confused with the pedestrian acne vulgaris, the bane of many teenagers.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Couldn't you try some rat's-bane?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • I never brook'd That parasite's hair; methought his nose should cozen: There still was somewhat in his look, did promise The bane of a clarissimo.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • — I will not be afraid of death and bane, Till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • I am Alcyoneus, the bane of Pluto, the new master of Death.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • He was the bane of my life, the curse laid upon me by Providence.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • "Hullo, Bane," said Hagrid.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • And from this flower, the wise might concoct a poison so deadly that it is a bane to god and demon alike.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Admirals have been the bane of my existence for quite some time.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "Alas! my lord," answered she, "consider the country—the bane of all young women is the country.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Alas! it was this sister, this friend and companion, who was now the chief bane of Fanny's comfort.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • She was the bane of his existence.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • 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
  • In his Farewell Address, Washington had warned against "the baneful effects of the spirit of party."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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