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bane (BAYN) (s) (noun), banes (pl)
1. A cause of trouble or unhappiness; a fatal injury or ruin; or anything that damages or destroys: Poverty is the bane of many people these days.

The extreme heat of the summer has been the bane of the populations in several countries this year.

2. Etymology: from Old English bana, "destruction".
A cause of injury or destruction.
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Something that causes trouble, annoyance, or unhappiness. (1)