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Synonyms for vain
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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes
overly proud of oneself, especially when concerning appearance
fruitless, futile, pointless, ineffectual
having very little substance
ineffectual, pointless, fruitless, futile
effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
fruitless, ineffectual, futile, pointless
English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 1 vote
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.
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
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
empty, worthless, fruitless, unsatisfying, unavailing, idle, ineffectual, egotistic, showy, unreal, conceited, arrogant
solid, substantial, sound, worthy, efficient, effectual, cogent, potent, unconceited, modest, real
Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 2 votes
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"
bootless, narcissistic, fruitless, swollen, self-loving, egotistic, swollen-headed, conceited, futile, sleeveless, egotistical, self-conceited
bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vainadjective
unproductive of success
"a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
unavailing, otiose, self-conceited, fruitless, egotistic, conceited, swollen-headed, futile, swollen, bootless, ineffectual, egotistical, sleeveless
Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes
unreal, shadowy, unsubstantial, supposititious, dreamy, baseless, imaginary, empty, void
unavailing, useless, bootless, ineffectual, fruitless, profitless, futile, nugatory, abortive, unprofitable, without avail, idle, to no purpose, to no end
worthless, unsatisfying, unsatisfactory, vapid, tasteless, insipid, flat, stale, mawkish
conceited, vain-glorious, inflated, overweening, ostentatious, high, self-sufficient, flushed, opinionated, self-satisfied, self-confident, self-admiring, self-opinioned, self-flattering, high-flown, puffed up, wise in one's own conceit
rodomontade, empty boasting
Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words1.0 / 1 vote
conceited, arrogant, egotistical, overweening, vainglorious, nugatory, fruitless, ineffectual, frustrate, unavailing, bootless, futile, abortive, ineffective, empty, delusive, chimerical, unsatisfying, unsubstantial, deceitful
PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes
List of paraphrases for "vain":
futile, conceited, fruitless, pointless, useless, unsuccessful, only, marl, unnecessary
Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD0.0 / 0 votes
Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia
Vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia
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How to use vain in a sentence?
Let us not allow so much pain, so many deaths, and so much heroic engagement on the part of health workers to have been in vain. Returning to the way things were is the 'recession' we should fear the most.
It's difficult when you live with somebody for 24-hours a day, and you're laughing and joking one minute and then something like this happens in the line of duty, what's good for their families to remember is that they did not die in vain.
With all humility, I think, Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. Infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing, you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be thinking about your neighbor: you must be living in your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing.
And by the way: There’s no shame in having dentures… but there is shame in Donald Trump having dentures, because he’s vain as hell, can you imagine how he would feel if people started tweeting #DentureDonald? Don’t do it! I’m just saying, can you imagine how he’d feel? But don’t do it, guys. He’sverysensitive, OK.
My husband's sacrificecould’ve been avoided if these measures were available, we want my beloved husband's act of heroism to not be in vain.
Translations for vain
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- va, vanitósCatalan, Valencian
- unnützlich, eitelGerman
- vanidoso, vano, vacuoSpanish
- tyhjä, turhamainen, turhaFinnish
- vain, frivole, futileFrench
- uaibhreach, faoin, mòr à(s), sgòideil, sgòideasach, uailleachScottish Gaelic
- חסר תועלת, גאוותןHebrew
- սնապարծ, դատարկ, ունայնArmenian
- vanesio, vano, vanitosoItalian
- ijdel, nutteloos, tevergeefsDutch
- vaidoso, vazioPortuguese
- тщетный, напрасный, суетный, бесплодный, пустой, показной, тщеславныйRussian
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