1. That which destroys life, especially. Poison of a deadly quality.
2. Destruction; death. The cup of deception spiced and tempered to their bane. (Milton)
3. Any cause of ruin, or lasting injury; harm; woe. Money, thou bane of bliss, and source of woe. (Herbert)
4. A disease in sheep, commonly termed the rot.
Synonym: poison, ruin, destruction, injury, pest.
Origin: oe. Bane destruction, as. Bana murderer; akin to Icel. Bani death, murderer, OHG. Bana murder, bano murderer, murder, OIr. Bath death, benim i strike.