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Synonyms for vain
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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. vainadjective

    overly proud of oneself, especially when concerning appearance

    Synonyms:
    fruitless, futile, pointless, ineffectual

  2. vainadjective

    having very little substance

    Synonyms:
    ineffectual, pointless, fruitless, futile

  3. vainadjective

    effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.

    Synonyms:
    fruitless, ineffectual, futile, pointless

English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 1 vote

  1. vain

    Vain (Latin vanus, empty) keeps the etymological idea through all changes of meaning; a vain endeavor is empty of result, or of adequate power to produce a result, a vain pretension is empty or destitute of support, a vain person has a conceit that is empty or destitute of adequate cause or reason. That which is bootless, fruitless, or profitless fails to accomplish any valuable result; that which is abortive, ineffectual, or unavailing fails to accomplish a result that it was, or was supposed to be, adapted to accomplish. That which is useless, futile, or vain is inherently incapable of accomplishing a specified result. Useless, in the widest sense, signifies not of use for any valuable purpose, and is thus closely similar to valueless and worthless. Fruitless is more final than ineffectual, as applying to the sum or harvest of endeavor. That which is useless lacks actual fitness for a purpose; that which is vain lacks imaginable fitness. Compare VACANT; OSTENTATION; PRIDE.

    Compare synonyms for UTILITY.

    Synonyms:
    abortive, baseless, bootless, deceitful, delusive, empty, fruitless, futile, idle, inconstant, ineffectual, nugatory, null, profitless, shadowy, trifling, trivial, unavailing, unimportant, unprofitable, unreal, unsatisfying, unserviceable, unsubstantial, useless, vapid, visionary, worthless

    Antonyms:
    adequate, advantageous, beneficial, competent, effective, efficient, expedient, potent, powerful, profitable, real, serviceable, solid, sound, substantial, sufficient, useful, valid, valuable, worthy

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. vain

    Synonyms:
    empty, worthless, fruitless, unsatisfying, unavailing, idle, ineffectual, egotistic, showy, unreal, conceited, arrogant

    Antonyms:
    solid, substantial, sound, worthy, efficient, effectual, cogent, potent, unconceited, modest, real

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 2 votes

  1. conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vainadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    bootless, narcissistic, fruitless, swollen, self-loving, egotistic, swollen-headed, conceited, futile, sleeveless, egotistical, self-conceited

    Antonyms:
    humble, productive

  2. bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vainadjective

    unproductive of success

    "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"

    Synonyms:
    unavailing, otiose, self-conceited, fruitless, egotistic, conceited, swollen-headed, futile, swollen, bootless, ineffectual, egotistical, sleeveless

    Antonyms:
    productive, humble

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD0.0 / 0 votes

  1. VAIN

    Synonyms:
    Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia

  2. VAIN

    Synonyms:
    Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia

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How to use vain in a sentence?

  1. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

  2. Diane Foley:

    Jim counted on our government to get them home, jim was very hopeful and confident that our government would find a way. We don't want Jim to have died in vain.

  3. George Linley:

    Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream, And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream.

  4. Charlotte Bronte:

    It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity they must have action and they will make it if they cannot find it.

  5. Emily Dickinson:

    If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.


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