bane

Type: Glossary Word | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Fall into Disgrace

"Bane" formerly meant murderer; then it came to mean that which causes death or destruction; then more specifically a poison, as in the opening lines of Keats's "Ode on Melancholy": "NO, no! go not to Lethe, neither twist / Wolf's-bane [a plant], tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine."

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