[ US /ˈveɪn/ ]
[ UK /vˈe‍ɪn/ ]
  1. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty
    an egotistical disregard of others
    vain about her clothes
    a conceited fool
    an attitude of self-conceited arrogance
    growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary
  2. unproductive of success
    a vain attempt
    a sleeveless errand
    a fruitless search
    futile years after her artistic peak
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How To Use vain In A Sentence

  • But try telling that to the little old lady who has waited in vain a couple of years for a vital eye operation.
  • Finishing the mission so our troops will not have died in vain is the most screwed up thing I have ever heard. Think Progress » 9%.
  • Marshals struggled in vain to prevent spectators rushing onto the racetrack.
  • Either switch to decaffeinated tea or coffee or herbal infusions like vervain, mint or camomile.
  • Mordred and Agravaine propose to call the guileless Arthur's attention to Guenever and Sir A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Last week, exultant rebels in Tripoli clambered on Gaddafi's vainglorious statue of an American warplane in the grip of a mighty Libyan fist.
  • At the beginning of the play, we see Lear as a proud, vain, quick-tempered old king, not necessarily evil, but certainly not good.
  • I tried in vain to start a conversation.
  • Nothing that we do, is done in vain. I believe, with all my soul, that we shall see triumph. Charles Dickens 
  • But this belongs to vainglory, which is opposed to magnanimity, as stated above (Q. 131, A. 2). Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province
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