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bane sb. (1 the orig. sense; 2 cf. ‘ratsbane’; 3 obs.)
1. cause of the death of another 2H6 V. i. 120, Tit. V. iii. 73 “Lest Rome herself be bane unto herself.”
2. poison Meas. I. ii. 138.
3. murder, destruction Mac. V. iii. 59 “afraid of death and bane,” Ven. 372.
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 5.1
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