Origin of futile
Examples from the Web for futile
LONDON—You want to know how awful, futile, and dehumanizing war is?‘Fury’: A Ludicrous WWII Movie More Violent Than ‘Inglourious Basterds’|Nico Hines|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a result, his rep rehab remains a lonely and futile mission.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The absurdity of North Korea now extends to its futile attempt to anticipate the whims of Mother Nature.
Their hope that this means the spotlight stays off them, however, will be futile: Brutally put, the papers prefer them to Charles.
When he finally became president, Nixon walked away from that war to prolong a futile one half a world away.
At present it is largely engaged in the futile task of Sisyphus.Moral Principles in Education|John Dewey
He found an occasional momentary satisfaction in burned cork, but the joy was futile, and impermanent.Despair's Last Journey|David Christie Murray
They sat on their haunches in the snow, and grinned at the whip-crackings and futile "Mush, mush!"The Magnetic North|Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
For you stand or stray in the futile building, while the cloud is no mansion for man, and out of reach of his limitations.The Colour of Life|Alice Meynell
Yes, to-day this seems a practical fact that already is being accomplished, and not a futile speculation.The Truth About Woman|C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for futile
Word Origin for futile
Word Origin and History for futile
1550s, from Middle French futile, from Latin futilis "vain, worthless, futile," literally "pouring out easily" (of a vessel), hence "easily emptied, leaky, unreliable," from base of fundere "pour, melt," from PIE root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Related: Futilely.