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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Example sentences from the Web for vain
It also compelled her to try, in vain, to persuade her friends and family to do the same.Your first lab-grown burger is coming soon—and it’ll be “blended”|Katie McLean|December 18, 2020|MIT Technology Review
All the further efforts of finding influencers and experts could be in vain if the topic you choose does not fit the roundup format, or doesn’t spark interest in your readers’ minds.Simple guide to creating an expert roundup post that drives website traffic|Ivan Ambrocio|November 26, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Elated by the crowd, the vain buffoonAbsorbing every drop they send his way,Digests them like a tangerine spittoon,Extending lockdown day by endless day.
Abby Leafe, a registered Democrat who lives in suburban Philadelphia’s Bucks County, checked her mailbox Tuesday in vain for her ballot.Millions of mailed ballots not yet returned in key states|Rachel Schallom|October 28, 2020|Fortune
Moderator Chris Wallace — as a parent of preschoolers, I could empathize with his predicament — tried in vain to stop all the interrupting and steer the debate on his prescribed course.
Truth be told, the hope of destroying the rubes by ignoring them vainly ignores the most inescapable fact of our lives.From Smarm To Snark, We’re All Soldiers In The War On Obscurity|James Poulos|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They portrayed the Secretary as a kind of well-meaning but naïve Don Quixote flailing vainly against windmills.Why Cautious Optimism is the Right Approach to Kerry's Efforts|Alan Elsner|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The old bulls sensed the cnunbling of their position and vainly tried to placate the reformers.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work|Megan McArdle|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As Hudson vainly tried to save Lopez, the Honda roared away on just the wheel rims.Cop Who Protected Obama, Romney, at Debate Latest Victim of Illegal Guns|Michael Daly|October 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Can we justify manicures and tasteful highlights when others are vainly looking for work?
Alone Orlean lay trying vainly to forget something—something that stood like a spectre before her eyes.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Colonel Case of the 32d, trying vainly with his men to stop the native runaways, was shot dead.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Vainly now did the Marquise seek to alter the captain's resolution; but in this she received a sudden check from Marius himself.
Wildly and vainly did he strive even then to cover up the foolish thing that he had done.
I round the threshold wandering here,Vainly the tempest and the rain invoke,That they may keep my lady prisoner.The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi|Giacomo Leopardi
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.