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Vain meaning

vain - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. Showy; ostentatious.
  2. 2. Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.
  3. 3. Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
  4. 4. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  5. 5. Vanity; emptiness; - now used only in the phrase in vain.
  6. 6. Fruitless; ineffectual; conceited; showy.

vain - examples of usage

  1. In vain, thou wild River!
  2. But all her trouble was in vain. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  3. All day they were so employed, but in vain. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
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