Usage examples for futile

  1. Meanwhile Gage, alone, made various futile moves, at which the province looked with patience. – The Siege of Boston by Allen French
  2. And in miserable futile longing she wished that this afternoon had never been. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  3. 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
  4. " 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. It was a routine question, born of futile hope. – Citadel by Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  8. He had spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds over these futile dogs. – The Rough Road by William John Locke
  9. Futile, that was it. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  10. 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
  11. How futile are words to describe. – See America First by Orville O. Hiestand
  12. 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
  13. It can be silly and futile." – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  14. Utterly futile was it for Lenore to try to think of Dorn in that way. – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  15. Isn't it rather futile to say that sort of thing? – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  16. 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
  17. She is genial and sympathetic without being futile, and witty without being cynical. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  18. 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
  19. But shells, also, were futile. – Triplanetary by Edward Elmer Smith
  20. 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