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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You have been the bane of my life ever since you were born with your whining and your constant need of me!’
- ‘It's the bane of my life, and probably yours too.’
- ‘Cell phones make it much easier to suffer through the brutal traffic jams that are the bane of city life around the world.’
- ‘Critics are seen as the bane of writers' lives, torturing their intuitively wrought texts by dissection with a sharp set of surgical knives.’
- ‘In fact the bane of my life was a cousin and his birthday parties.’
- ‘Even though he considered his older double the bane of his life, he seemed unable to ignore him.’
- ‘That evil is malevolent violence, a curse that is the bane of our human existence.’
- ‘His dyslexia - the bane of his life - meant that he found writing difficult, and he preferred giving papers at meetings.’
- ‘On the other hand there are the low waist pants - the bane of my life.’
- ‘It was the bane of her life, or at least it was presently.’
- ‘This issue has absolutely been the bane of my life in this country for 32 years.’
- ‘They had to be counted, bagged and labelled and they were the bane of my life.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The 73, the busiest bus-route in London, was the bane of my life when I lived in Stoke Newington.’
- ‘This was because opposable thumbs or not, buttons would forever be the bane of his life.’
- ‘The problem of color description has been a bane to mineralogists.’
- ‘Despite the financial security an older man can offer younger women, their eccentricities can be the bane of her life.’
- ‘Those bad tempered personnel manning counters in the revenue offices will no longer be the bane of citizens' existence.’
- 1.1archaic Something, typically poison, that causes death.
Old English bana ‘thing causing death, poison’, of Germanic origin.
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