One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually in singular A cause of great distress or annoyance.‘the bane of the decorator is the long, narrow hall’‘the depressions that were the the bane of her existence’
scourge, ruin, death, plague, ruination, destructionView synonyms
- ‘In fact the bane of my life was a cousin and his birthday parties.’
- ‘This issue has absolutely been the bane of my life in this country for 32 years.’
- ‘The problem of color description has been a bane to mineralogists.’
- ‘That evil is malevolent violence, a curse that is the bane of our human existence.’
- ‘When juvenile nuisance and disorder are the bane of so many neighbourhoods already, some people are not only fuelling this curse, but actually making a profit from it.’
- ‘I have to say that, as a mother, fancy dress is the bane of my life. This week my daughters require no fewer than four outfits, one each for a school event and two more for a party.’
- ‘Despite the financial security an older man can offer younger women, their eccentricities can be the bane of her life.’
- ‘On the other hand there are the low waist pants - the bane of my life.’
- ‘The 73, the busiest bus-route in London, was the bane of my life when I lived in Stoke Newington.’
- ‘It was the bane of her life, or at least it was presently.’
- ‘All I am to him is the bane of his existence, the blight of his life, the central focus of why he hates his job and wants to kill himself.’
- ‘This was because opposable thumbs or not, buttons would forever be the bane of his life.’
- ‘It's the bane of my life, and probably yours too.’
- ‘Even though he considered his older double the bane of his life, he seemed unable to ignore him.’
- ‘His dyslexia - the bane of his life - meant that he found writing difficult, and he preferred giving papers at meetings.’
- ‘They had to be counted, bagged and labelled and they were the bane of my life.’
- ‘Those bad tempered personnel manning counters in the revenue offices will no longer be the bane of citizens' existence.’
- ‘Critics are seen as the bane of writers' lives, torturing their intuitively wrought texts by dissection with a sharp set of surgical knives.’
- ‘Cell phones make it much easier to suffer through the brutal traffic jams that are the bane of city life around the world.’
- ‘You have been the bane of my life ever since you were born with your whining and your constant need of me!’
- 1.1archaic Something, typically poison, that causes death.
Old English bana ‘thing causing death, poison’, of Germanic origin.
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