adjective, vain·er, vain·est.
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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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Example sentences from the Web for vain
Asserting our right to free speech is the only to ensure that 12 people did not die in vain.|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015
In vain, fishermen waited for the sea to come back: there were no fish, there was no money for their families.|Anna Nemtsova|October 4, 2014
In many engagements volunteers asked regular army commanders for support, transport and ammunition, but often in vain.|Anna Nemtsova|September 14, 2014
Faulkner, Whitman, and Dickinson did not labor in vain; their books live on, horizontally, stacked like bricks in a display case.|Nick Romeo|September 1, 2014
Fonda tried in vain to convince Jarrow and Archer to ditch the project.|Nico Hines|August 19, 2014
At his purposes with regard to the relations of England and Normandy it would be vain to guess.|Edward Augustus Freeman
I learned later that he had implored the Superior on his knees not to lay this dreadful command upon him, but all in vain.|Adolphe Danziger De Castro and Ambrose Bierce
In vain my mother took a world of trouble to explain the thing to me.|George Eliot
But I have wrestled with misfortune in vain; I have struggled with want, till want has overcome me.|Various
A request for whiskey addressed to a car containing a dozen men accustomed to wrest metals from the earth was not in vain.|Gouverneur Morris
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
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