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 vainly
Truth be told, the hope of destroying the rubes by ignoring them vainly ignores the most inescapable fact of our lives.|James Poulos|December 7, 2013
The old bulls sensed the cnunbling of their position and vainly tried to placate the reformers.|Megan McArdle|April 23, 2013
As Hudson vainly tried to save Lopez, the Honda roared away on just the wheel rims.|Michael Daly|October 25, 2012
Can we justify manicures and tasteful highlights when others are vainly looking for work?|Kathleen Parker|January 19, 2009
Before Jean could answer, the policeman stretched out his hand and touched the young woman, who had been vainly trying to get out.|Julie Bosville Chetwynd
Vainly should I undertake to paint my emotion on this action of his!|Thomas Carlyle
I vainly try to get down upon paper the dreariness, the ugliness, shabbiness, un-home-likeness of a Roman street.|Nathaniel Hawthorne
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British Dictionary definitions for vainly
- 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 vainly
see in vain; take someone's name in vain.