bane

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GRE

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Banks

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

something that causes harm or unhappiness

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bane - curse

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Something that causes harm, destruction, or misery can be referred to as a ‘bane’. However, the word is most commonly used for affect in order to refer to something that really isn’t that bad, but can sometimes feel as if it is.

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Synonyms affliction,blight
Antonyms boon,godsend,privilege

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  1. My car keeps breaking down. It is the bane of my existence!

  2. Drugs are the bane of that underprivileged area. They have destroyed the local community.

  3. My boss is the bane of my life. She makes everyday at work a misery for me.

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