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What does the "bane" mean? Is it a synonym of "pain," perhaps? If so, could you give me some examples?

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Rebecca

Yes, that's right! One of the synonyms of "bane" is "pain." Some others include "torment" or "distress." "Bane" means to cause great distress or annoyance. Here are some examples: Ex: I swear, doing dishes is the bane of my existence. => Very common phrase, "[something] to be the bane of one's existence/life," means it's the source of one's misfortune or unhappiness. Ex: The cold weather was the bane of camping this weekend. Ex: Not finishing this book is the bane of my editor.

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