Usage examples for futile

  1. How futile are words to describe. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  2. To make allowance for all this is possible, and even necessary; but to treat it as not needing that any allowance should be made would seem to me futile. – Life of John Keats by William Michael Rossetti
  3. Long after the rest of the family slept, Douglas pursued his weary and futile self- examination, coming to a blind wall at the end. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  4. Each day during the great storm the men had gone out on their futile search for game, and every few days one of them had failed to return. – The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
  5. It was a routine question, born of futile hope. – Citadel by Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  6. We made futile efforts to protect the floor with newspapers, but were obliged to eat some of the meat. – Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
  7. To strike at once, to attempt to show him the folly of the courses into which he was being led, I saw would be futile. – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. It can be silly and futile." – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  9. But shells, also, were futile. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  10. " Creed Bonbright's jest about been here an' hid the body, that's what he's done," Taylor Stribling clamoured after him in futile explanation. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  11. Isn't it rather futile to say that sort of thing? – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  12. She is genial and sympathetic without being futile, and witty without being cynical. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  13. Futile, that was it. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  14. The active life to which he had been born and bred had given him something else to do than to join the futile chase of the pleasure- hunter. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  15. Meanwhile Gage, alone, made various futile moves, at which the province looked with patience. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  16. Utterly futile was it for Lenore to try to think of Dorn in that way. – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  17. From the beginning of July until towards its close, nothing occurred except a series of petty and futile attacks, by which the Indians abundantly exhibited their malicious intentions, without doing harm to the garrison. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  18. No. They are dreams of horror clothed in brass, Which from profoundest depths of evil pass With futile aim to dare the Infinite! – Poems by Victor Hugo