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Definitions of vain

  1.   Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.
  2.   Empty; unreal; ineffectual; fruitless.
  3.   Vainest.
  4.   Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
  5.   Vainly.
  6.   unproductive of success; " a fruitless search"; " futile years after her artistic peak"; " a sleeveless errand"; " a vain attempt"
  7.   Vanity; emptiness; - now used only in the phrase in vain.
  8.   Vainer.
  9.   Conceited; ostentatious; showy.
  10.   Proud of trifling attainments; having an unduly high opinion of one's own accomplishments; ineffectual; fruitless, as an effort; unsatisfying.
  11.   Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance; fruitless; ineffectual; proud of trifling attainments; conceited; unreal; ostentatious; inconstant; unsatisfying; deceitful; having no efficacy. In vain, to no purpose; with levity or profaneness.
  12.   Showy; ostentatious.
  13.   Valueless; empty; trifling; as, vain words; without force or effect useless; as, rain efforts; proud of small accomplishments or of personal appearance; conceited; as, a vain person; showy: in vain, without success.
  14.   Vainness.
  15.   characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self- importance; " a conceited fool"; " an attitude of self- conceited arrogance"; " an egotistical disregard of others"; " so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; " growing ever more swollen- headed and arbitrary"; " vain about her clothes"
  16.   Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  17.   Fruitless; ineffectual; conceited; showy.
  18.   Unsatisfying: fruitless: unreal: conceited: showy: vacant, worthless, so in B.

Quotes of vain

  1. The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday. – Theodor Adorno
  2. When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist. – Akhenaton
  3. Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain – Jane Austen
  4. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us. – Jane Austen
  5. We take our international responsibilities very seriously and will not withdraw our troops from Iraq... Otherwise, the victims of terror in Madrid will have died in vain – Marek Belka
  6. It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual. – Jeremy Bentham
  7. It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. – Jacob Bronowski
  8. I wouldn't write anything autobiographical. If you've lived a life like Laurence of Arabia, it might be a consideration, but otherwise it's a little bit vain it seems to me. – James Lee Burke
  9. Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain – Carl Jung
  10. In vain without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. – James McHenry
  11. Whatever you do for the sole purpose of having others admire you, your efforts will most likely be in vain – Dave Pelzer
  12. This preparatory sort of idealism is the one that, as I just suggested, Berkeley made prominent, and, after a fashion familiar. I must state it in my own way, although one in vain seeks to attain novelty in illustrating so frequently described a view. – Josiah Royce
  13. In life there is nothing more unexpected and surprising than the arrivals and departures of pleasure. If we find it in one place to -day, it is vain to seek it there to -morrow. You can not lay a trap for it. – Alexander Smith
  14. If we have a heart for the magnitudes of life, it will not seem vain to believe that God Himself should guard it. – George A. Smith
  15. It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape. – Voltaire

Usage examples for vain

  1. And this time not in vain – Six Feet Four by Jackson Gregory
  2. I'm not as vain as a girl. ” – The Princess Passes by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  3. And if he were to take this situation in the country- Heaven only knew where- she would come to seek him in vain and would go empty away. ” – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  4. The good man tried in vain to make out what was the matter and what had happened. ” – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  5. If not, his journey was vain – Round the World in Seven Days by Herbert Strang
  6. Vain L. vanus, empty) keeps the etymological idea through all changes of meaning; a vain endeavor is empty of result, or of adequate power to produce a result, a vain pretension is empty or destitute of support, a vain person has a conceit that is empty or destitute of adequate cause or reason. That which is bootless, fruitless, or profitless fails to accomplish any valuable result; that which is abortive, ineffectual, or unavailing fails to accomplish a result that it was, or was supposed to be, adapted to accomplish. That which is useless, futile, or vain is inherently incapable of accomplishing a specified result. Useless, in the widest sense, signifies not of use for any valuable purpose, and is thus closely similar to valueless and worthless. Fruitless is more final than ineffectual, as applying to the sum or harvest of endeavor. That which is useless lacks actual fitness for a purpose; that which is vain lacks imaginable fitness. Compare VACANT; OSTENTATION; PRIDE. ” –  by
  7. But he looked in vain – Northland Heroes by Florence Holbrook
  8. “ Expostulations were in vain – Worldly Ways and Byways by Eliot Gregory
  9. It was a vain hope that, however. ” – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  10. She has waited for it in vain – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  11. That was all; there it stopped; and vain were all their listenings to catch another note. ” – Aikenside by Mary J. Holmes
  12. So abroad with my wife by coach to St. James's, to one Lady Poultny's, where I found my Lord, I doubt, at some vain pleasure or other. ” – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  13. How vain are men to wish! ” – Vikram-and-the-Vampire-Classic-Hindu-Tales-of-Adventure-Magic-and-Romance by Burton, Isabel, Lady
  14. In vain she angrily told herself that it only needed common sense. ” – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  15. In vain Tommy begged him to come, too. ” – Frank of Freedom Hill by Samuel A. Derieux
  16. It was however all in vain – Christmas Stories by Edward Berens
  17. But search him as they would- it was in vain – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  18. But it was all vain and foolish. ” – Four Weird Tales by Algernon Blackwood
  19. It is in vain it is too late. ” – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  20. Forget this vain dream- return to the army. ” – Calderon The Courtier A Tale by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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