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vain

 (vān)
adj. vain·er, vain·est
1. Not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless: a vain attempt.
2. Lacking substance or worth: vain talk.
3. Having or showing excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.
4. Archaic Foolish.
Idiom:
in vain
1. To no avail; without success: Our labor was in vain.
2. In an irreverent or disrespectful manner: took the Lord's name in vain.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vānus, empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.]

vain′ly adv.
vain′ness n.
Synonyms: vain, empty, hollow, idle, otiose
These adjectives mean lacking value or substance: vain regrets; empty pleasures; hollow threats; idle dreams; otiose theoretical discussions. See Also Synonyms at futile.

vain

(veɪn)
adj
1. inordinately proud of one's appearance, possessions, or achievements
2. given to ostentatious display, esp of one's beauty
3. worthless
4. senseless or futile
n
5. in vain to no avail; fruitlessly
6. take someone's name in vain
a. to use the name of someone, esp God, without due respect or reverence
b. jocular to mention someone's name
7. (Bible) to use the name of someone, esp God, without due respect or reverence
8. jocular to mention someone's name
[C13: via Old French from Latin vānus]
ˈvainly adv
ˈvainness n

vain

(veɪn)

adj. -er, -est.
1. excessively proud of or concerned about one's own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.
2. proceeding from or showing personal vanity.
3. futile: vain efforts.
4. without real significance.
5. Archaic. senseless or foolish.
Idioms:
in vain,
a. without effect or avail; to no purpose.
b. in an improper or irreverent manner: to take God's name in vain.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin vānus empty, vain]
vain′ly, adv.
vain′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vain - characteristic of false pridevain - 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"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
2.vain - unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
unproductive - not producing or capable of producing; "elimination of high-cost or unproductive industries"

vain

adjective
2. conceited, narcissistic, proud, arrogant, inflated, swaggering, stuck-up (informal), cocky, swanky (informal), ostentatious, egotistical, self-important, overweening, vainglorious, swollen-headed (informal), pleased with yourself, bigheaded (informal), peacockish She's a shallow, vain and self-centred woman.
conceited modest, humble, meek, self-deprecating, bashful
in vain
3. useless, to no avail, unsuccessfu, fruitless, useless, unsuccessful, fruitless, wasted, vain, ineffectual, without success, to no purpose, bootless All her complaints were in vain.
4. uselessly, to no avail, unsuccessfully, fruitlessly, vainly, ineffectually, without success, to no purpose, bootlessly He hammered the door, trying in vain to attract her attention.

vain

adjective
2. Lacking value, use, or substance:
3. Unduly preoccupied with one's own appearance:
Translations
باَطِلغَيْر ناجِح، باطِل، عَقيمفارِغ، باطِل، لا معْنى لهمَغْرور، مَزْهو
marnýnafoukanýprázdný
forfængeligforgævesfrugtesløs
turhamainentyhjäturha
uzaludan
hiú
árangurslaushégómlegur, sjálfumglaîurinnantómur
うぬぼれの強い
허영심이 강한
tuščiagarbis
iedomīgsneveiksmīgstukšsveltīgs
brezuspešendomišljavzaman
fåfäng
ไร้ประโยชน์
vô hiệu

vain

[veɪn] ADJ
1. (= useless) → vano, inútil
in vain [try, struggle] → en vano, inútilmente; [search] → sin éxito, en vano
all our efforts were in vaintodos nuestros esfuerzos fueron en vano or resultaron inútiles
I stayed, in the vain hope thatme quedé con la vana esperanza de que ...
to take sb's name in vainhablar con poco respeto de algn
to take the Lord's name in vaintomar el nombre de Dios en vano
2. (vainer (compar) (vainest (superl))) (= conceited) → vanidoso, presumido
she is very vain about her hairsiempre está arreglándose el pelo

vain

[ˈveɪn] adj
(= conceited) → vaniteux/euse
He's so vain! → Il est si vaniteux!
(= useless) [attempt, hope] → vain(e) often before n
in a vain attempt to do sth → dans une vaine tentative pour faire qch
in the vain hope that → dans le vain espoir que
in vain → en vain
to die in vain → mourir en vain

vain

adj
(+er) (about looks) → eitel; (about qualities) → eingebildet; he’s very vain about his musical abilitieser bildet sich (dat)auf sein musikalisches Können viel ein; he is vain about his appearanceer ist eitel
(= useless, empty)eitel (liter); attempt alsovergeblich; pleasures, promises, words also, threatleer; hope alsotöricht; he had vain hopes of getting the jober machte sich vergeblich Hoffnung auf den Posten; in the vain hope that …in der vergeblichen Hoffnung, dass …; in vainumsonst, vergeblich, vergebens; it was all in vaindas war alles umsonst or vergeblich or vergebens; in a vain attempt to do somethingin einem vergeblichen Versuch, etw zu tun
to take God’s name in vainden Namen Gottes missbrauchen, Gott lästern; was someone taking my name in vain? (hum)hat da wieder jemand von mir geredet?
(liter, = worthless) display, ceremonyeitel (liter)

vain

[veɪn] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl)))
a. (attempt, hope) → vano/a, inutile
in vain → invano, inutilmente
all our efforts were in vain → tutti i nostri sforzi sono stati inutili
b. (person) → vanitoso/a

vain

(vein) adjective
1. having too much pride in one's appearance, achievements etc; conceited. She's very vain about her good looks.
2. unsuccessful. He made a vain attempt to reach the drowning woman.
3. empty; meaningless. vain threats; vain promises.
ˈvainly adverb
unsuccessfully. He searched vainly for the treasure.
vanity (ˈvӕnəti) noun
1. excessive admiration of oneself; conceit. Vanity is her chief fault.
2. worthlessness or pointlessness. the vanity of human ambition.
in vain
with no success. He tried in vain to open the locked door.

vain

باَطِل marný frugtesløs eitel μάταιος vanidoso, vano turhamainen vaniteux uzaludan vano うぬぼれの強い 허영심이 강한 vergeefs forfengelig próżny vaidoso тщетный fåfäng ไร้ประโยชน์ kendini beğenmiş vô hiệu 徒然的

vain

a. vano-a, vanidoso-a;
adv. vanamente, en vano.
References in classic literature ?
Had she been older or vainer, such attacks might have done little; but, where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world, and of being so very early engaged as a partner; and the consequence was that, when the two Morlands, after sitting an hour with the Thorpes, set off to walk together to Mr.
That's what comes of vanity," said Felicity, than whom no vainer girl existed.
The very letter of that last interview was cut deep in my heart; not a sleepless night had I passed without rehearsing it word for word and look for look; and sometimes, when sorrow had spent itself, and the heart could bleed no more, vain grief had given place to vainer speculation, and I had cudgelled my wakeful brains for the meaning of the new and subtle horror which I had read in my darling's eyes at the last.
My dear," said the cotton-tassel in defence of his conduct, "Jos is a great deal vainer than you ever were in your life, and that's saying a good deal.
Hasta el momento, los trabajos que investigan el ingreso del psicoanalisis en Argentina recuperan su memoria historica (Balan, 1991; Carpintero & Vainer, 2004; Dagfal, 2009; Plotkin, 2003; Vezzetti, 1996), sin considerar la dimension discursiva que lo soporta.
En estas experiencias, la definicion del problema se construye en torno a la defensa de la vida, se establecen multiples conexiones entre humanos y no humanos y se producen diferentes definiciones acerca de la justicia ambiental (Descola, 2005; Di Chiro, 1998; Schlosberg, 2012; Vainer, 2004; Faber, 2005).
He may be vainer than Narcissus's even vainer brother, but he's simply a phenomenal winning machine.
Carlos Vainer, por su parte, reflexiona sobre esa relacion en el contexto de la globalizacion y, en relacion a ello, sobre la fragmentacion territorial que consagra la acomodacion subordinada a las formas contemporaneas de la globalizacion y las politicas de conformacion de bloques regionales.
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5) Sobre a transposicao do ideario do planejamento estrategico para o Brasil ver Vainer (2000) e Ferreira (2010).