adjective, vain·er, vain·est.
SYNONYMS FOR vain
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Idioms for vain
- without effect or avail; to no purpose: lives lost in vain; to apologize in vain.
- in an improper or irreverent manner: to take God's name in vain.
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How to use vain in a sentence
Not because he was vain, but because he understood that giving him an award allowed him to help that organization, which he always did.In Dreams Begin Responsibilities: The Bountiful Life of Vartan Gregorian|Richard Stengel|April 18, 2021|Time
For all the vain anxieties and superficial losses that come with aging, getting older is something to be grateful for.Some young women embraced their gray hair during the pandemic. They might not go back.|Maura Judkis|April 12, 2021|Washington Post
Lopez used her car as a means to distance herself from racial slurs, but her efforts to claim autonomy and American identity were in vain.Her crazy driving is a key element of Cruella de Vil’s evil. Here’s why.|Genevieve Carpio|April 2, 2021|Washington Post
Everything else was so dire, you just want to feel good, and as vain as it may sound, a coloring and a haircut and a blow-dry just does that for you, lifts your spirits a little bit.A solution to pandemic hair: A barber in your backyard|Tara Bahrampour|March 10, 2021|Washington Post
It’s also a warning to learn from these deaths so they haven’t occurred in vain.1 Million People Have Died of COVID-19. It's a Reminder That We Still Have So Much to Do|Alice Park|September 29, 2020|Time
Asserting our right to free speech is the only to ensure that 12 people did not die in vain.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In vain, fishermen waited for the sea to come back: there were no fish, there was no money for their families.
In many engagements volunteers asked regular army commanders for support, transport and ammunition, but often in vain.Bitter Survivors and Caravans of Coffins from Ukraine’s “Eastern Boiler”|Anna Nemtsova|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Faulkner, Whitman, and Dickinson did not labor in vain; their books live on, horizontally, stacked like bricks in a display case.A Teacher Returns to the Classroom and Gets Schooled|Nick Romeo|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fonda tried in vain to convince Jarrow and Archer to ditch the project.Anne Archer: Women in Hollywood Are Doomed Forever|Nico Hines|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vain also was the valour and ability he showed in the campaign against the Royalists in La Vende.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
He went on, ruminating on the vain shadow, into which his over-heated ambition to act and to be distinguished, had involved him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
He came back in due time, but bringing nothing for me, and I felt that my appeal had been in vain.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
After looking for them in vain down below he had feared that they might have found their way into the open air.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for vain
- to use the name of someone, esp God, without due respect or reverence
- jocular to mention someone's name
Derived forms of vainvainly, adverbvainness, noun
Word Origin for vain
Idioms and Phrases with vain
see in vain; take someone's name in vain.