Part of speech: noun

Anything noxious; a scourge; disease; poison.

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Usage examples "bane":

  1. But after about six months he himself was slain in a small fight with the Mormaer or Earl of the Mearns, and Donald Bane continued to reign for about three years, in conjunction with Edmund, a son of Malcolm and Margaret. - "An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)", Robert S. Rait.
  2. Illustrious Italians, from Dante downwards, denounced the love of power and money of the Church as the bane of Italy. - "Cavour", Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco.
  3. Of jealousy, our beings bane, Mark the small cause, and the most dreadful pain. - "Customs and Fashions in Old New England", Alice Morse Earle.