overly proud of oneself, especially when concerning appearance
having very little substance
effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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 Antonyms
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, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vainadjective
unproductive of success
"a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
Dictionary of English Synonymes
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
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How to use vain in a sentence?
We will not let those people die in vain, theyre our heroes, they are our friends. This is our city. Gem City, shine. Let them know!
How many more innocent people need to die before Google, Facebook and Twitter are prohibited from making money by publishing messages from known terrorists? it is bad enough that I lost my daughter at the prime of her life, but to think that she died in vain is more disturbing.
Otto did not die in vain.
There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peacebut there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Wisdom and spirit of the Universe Thou soul is the eternity of thought That giv'st to forms and images a breath And everlasting motion Not in vain By day or star-light thus from by first dawn Of childhood didst thou intertwine for me The passions that build up our human soul, Not with the mean and vulgar works of man, But with high objects, with enduring things, With life and nature, purifying thus The elements of feeling and of thought, And sanctifying, by such discipline Both pain and fear, until we recognize A grandeur in the beatings of the heart.
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- va, vanitósCatalan, Valencian
- unnützlich, eitelGerman
- vacuo, vano, vanidosoSpanish
- turha, tyhjä, turhamainenFinnish
- vain, futile, frivoleFrench
- faoin, uailleach, sgòideasach, mòr à(s), uaibhreach, sgòideilScottish Gaelic
- חסר תועלת, גאוותןHebrew
- դատարկ, ունայն, սնապարծArmenian
- vanesio, vano, vanitosoItalian
- tevergeefs, nutteloos, ijdelDutch
- vazio, vaidosoPortuguese
- показной, бесплодный, пустой, тщеславный, напрасный, тщетный, суетныйRussian
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