ETYM Old Eng. bane destruction, AS. bana murderer; akin to Icel. bani death, murderer, Old High Germ. bana murder, bano murderer, Goth. banja stroke, wound, Greek phoneys murderer, phonos murder, OIr. bath death, benim I strike.
Something causes misery or death; SYN. curse, scourge, nemesis.
Obsolete; to kill especially with poison