B b


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [beyn]
    • /beɪn/
    • /beɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [beyn]
    • /beɪn/

Definitions of bane word

  • singular noun bane The bane of someone or the bane of someone's life is something that frequently makes them feel unhappy or annoyed. 3
  • noun bane a person or thing that causes misery or distress (esp in the phrase bane of one's life) 3
  • noun bane something that causes death or destruction 3
  • noun bane a fatal poison 3
  • noun bane (in combination) 3
  • noun bane ruin or distress 3

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Origin of bane

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bana slayer; cognate with Old Norse bani death, murderer, Old Frisian bona murder, Old Saxon bano murderer, Old High German bano slayer, bana death; akin to Old English benn, Gothic banja wound

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Parts of speech for Bane


bane popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

bane usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for bane

noun bane

  • ruination — the act or state of ruining or the state of being ruined.
  • undoing — the reversing of what has been done; annulling.
  • disaster — a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage, or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.
  • downfall — descent to a lower position or standing; overthrow; ruin.
  • torment — to afflict with great bodily or mental suffering; pain: to be tormented with violent headaches.

Antonyms for bane

noun bane

  • building — A building is a structure that has a roof and walls, for example a house or a factory.
  • good luck — good fortune
  • prosperity — a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune.
  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
  • contentment — Contentment is a feeling of quiet happiness and satisfaction.

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