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.
Origin of vain
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OTHER WORDS FROM vain
How to use vain in a sentence
That winter passed with Mary in vain longing and vainer hopes.Evenings at Donaldson Manor|Maria J. McIntosh
Where's the use in your adding to it, and making an old vain man so much vainer?My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
The other showed that the persuasion of love is often vain; and this will show, that the persuasion of a wife is—vainer still.
She had already wasted too much in vain physical struggling and in vainer emotional outbursts.Heart of the Blue Ridge|Waldron Baily
But men, who are vainer creatures, would be good for nothing without them: they must be flattered even by the stones.Imaginary Conversations and Poems|Walter Savage Landor
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.