in vain

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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.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: vain - to no avail; "he looked for her in vain"; "the city fathers tried vainly to find a solution"
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
If I have exposed myself to it, in vain, let it be so; but if you and he should ever meet again, do me justice.
However, his 122-ball knock went in vain as India handed Oman a six-wicket defeat, its second successive loss in the eight-nation tournament, a day after hosts Sri Lanka had trounced Duleep Mendis-coached Oman by 109 runs.
Police officers engaged TLP office-bearers in Lahore trying in vain to convince them to clear one side of roads.