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Definitions of vain

  1. unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. Showy; ostentatious. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Vanity; emptiness; - now used only in the phrase in vain. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Vainer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Valueless; empty; trifling; as, vain words; without force or effect useless; as, rain efforts; proud of small accomplishments or of personal appearance; conceited; as, a vain person; showy: in vain, without success. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Vainly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Vainest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Unsatisfying: fruitless: unreal: conceited: showy: vacant, worthless, so in B. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Fruitless; ineffectual; conceited; showy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Conceited; ostentatious; showy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Empty; unreal; ineffectual; fruitless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Vainness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance; fruitless; ineffectual; proud of trifling attainments; conceited; unreal; ostentatious; inconstant; unsatisfying; deceitful; having no efficacy. In vain, to no purpose; with levity or profaneness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Proud of trifling attainments; having an unduly high opinion of one's own accomplishments; ineffectual; fruitless, as an effort; unsatisfying. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain. mso.anu.edu.au
  20. Destitute of force or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt. dictgcide_fs
  21. Vanity; emptiness; now used only in the phrase in vain. dictgcide_fs
  22. v[=a]n, adj. unsatisfying: fruitless: unreal: silly: conceited: showy: (B.) vacant, worthless.--adv. VAIN'LY.--ns. VAIN'NESS, fruitlessness: (Shak.) empty pride, folly; VAN'ITY, worthlessness, futility: empty pride or ostentation: ambitious display: idle show: empty pleasure: fruitless desire, a trifle: (Shak.) a personified vice in the old moralities and puppet-shows: (B.) a heathen deity.--VANITY FAIR, the world as the scene of vanity or empty folly, the world of fashion, so named from the fair described in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.--IN VAIN, FOR VAIN (Shak.), ineffectually: to no end: with levity or profanity. [Fr.,--L. vanus, empty.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. Unsubstantial, empty, trivial, as v. boasts, v. triumphs, distinctions; useless, unavailing, followed by no good result, as in the v. hope of dissuading him, all resistance was v., to resist is v., it is vain to r.; conceited, having too high an opinion of one\'s beauty, ability, &c.; in v., to no purpose, as we protested in v., it was in v. that we protested; TAKE person\'s name in v.; vainglory, boastfulness, excessive vanity, whence vainglorious a., vaingloriously adv., vaingloriousness n. Hence vainly adv., vainness n. (rare). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. (herald.). A fur represented by small shield-shaped figures alternately azure& argent. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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