adjective, vain·er, vain·est.
- 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
SYNONYMS FOR vain
Examples from the Web for vainer
He seemed a man weighed down with vain repinings and vainer regrets.Old Judge Priest|Irvin S. Cobb
She had already wasted too much in vain physical struggling and in vainer emotional outbursts.Heart of the Blue Ridge|Waldron Baily
"Oh, Alfred, no; I only said no vainer," cried Julia in dismay.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
And it were vainer to argue with a hound on a runway, or with the west wind in October, than with me.Cardigan|Robert W. Chambers
And I a vainer fool than one who yearns Clutching at rainbows spanned across the sky!p.My Beautiful Lady. Nelly Dale|Thomas Woolner
British Dictionary definitions for vainer
- to use the name of someone, esp God, without due respect or reverence
- jocular to mention someone's name
Derived Formsvainly, adverbvainness, noun
Word Origin for vain
Idioms and Phrases with vainer
see in vain; take someone's name in vain.