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BANE. This word was formerly used to signify a malefactor. Bract. 1. 2, t. 8, c. 1.

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Then Phoebus Apollo said to Mars, "Mars, Mars, bane of men, blood-stained stormer of cities, can you not go to this man, the son of Tydeus, who would now fight even with father Jove, and draw him out of the battle?
If the law is to be shaped by the prevailing habits of thought and tendencies of a nation, would not that mean that in Spain a direct encouragement would be given to idleness and religious intolerance; in England, to the commercial spirit; in Italy, to the love of the arts that may be the expression of a society, but by which no society can entirely exist; in Germany, feudal class distinctions would be fostered; and here, in France, popular legislation would promote the spirit of frivolity, the sudden craze for an idea, and the readiness to split into factions which has always been our bane.
Mark ye the cruel laws that now have wrought my bane,
muttered Grimsby: 'they're the very bane of the world
They say it is all "these cursed women," and that we are the bane of the world; but don't let them laugh or grumble you out of your good resolutions, or your affection for me.
my lord," answered she, "consider the country--the bane of all young women is the country.
Tune the pipes to the tragedy of tallow, the bane of bulk, the calamity of corpulence.
Whatever might have been the plans of the Assistant Commissioner they had nothing to do with that desk work, which was the bane of his existence because of its confined nature and apparent lack of reality.
Miss Miggs, brightening again, rejoined, with many breaks and pauses from excess of feeling, that temptations had been Simmuns's bane.
The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.
Bane, 46, joins the team with over 17 years of management, design and product development expertise.
Bane, hired in October, is charged with restocking an organization whose major-league talent was drafted and signed by Bob Fontaine Jr.