Vain in a sentence

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Definition of Vain

  • Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  • Destitute of force or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.
  • Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
  • Showy; ostentatious.
  • Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain.

How to use vain in a sentence. Vain pronunciation.

Also he was absurdly vain, and he knew that his vanity would receive rough usage.
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Then you will wish (but wishing then, my Dear, will be in vain) that you had never given ear to that Enchanting Syren, that for a few false Joys and momentary Pleasures, betray'd your Soul to Everlasting Misery.
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In her solitary, idle, childless existence Iambe was much, very much, to her, and now as she saw her faithful companion and friend creep ill- treated and whining up to her bed-as the supple animal tried in vain to spring up and take refuge in her lap, and held out to his mistress his trembling, perhaps broken, little paw, fear vanished from the miserable young woman's heart-she sprang from her couch, took the little dog in her arms, and exclaimed with a glance, which flashed with anything rather than fear or repentance: "You do not touch the poor little beast again, if you take my advice.
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He found the sick man in great anxiety, for he had waited until now for his son in vain, and feared that Hermas had met with some accident-or had abandoned him, and fled out into the world.
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Streaming with sweat and panting for breath he leaned against the glowing porphyry wall behind him, hid his face in his hands and strove to collect himself, to think, to pray-for a long time in vain; for instead of joy in the suffering which he had taken upon himself, the grief of isolation weighed upon his heart, and the lamentable cry of the old man had left a warning echo in his soul, and roused doubts of the righteousness of a deed, by which even the best and purest had been deceived, and led into injustice towards him.
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She closed her eyes, felt vaguely and in vain in the air for some holdfast, her head fell powerless on one side, and before her cheek sank upon her shoulder she uttered one feeble cry of distress, for she felt as if all her limbs were dropping from her body, as leaves in autumn fall from the boughs, and she fell back unconscious on the stony couch which Paulus had constructed for her.
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All the afternoon I sat hoping and expecting that Turgenev might come, but I waited in vain.
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Love, however, survives the burnt-out fires of passion; but it survives only as a vain regret-it survives as youth survives, only as an unspeakably precious memory. . . .
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Amid all the vain babble of the other characters, Solomin stands out salient, the man who will eventually save Russia without knowing it.
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Then Raskolnikov's awful dream, so minutely circumstanced, of the cruel peasants maltreating a horse, their drunken laughter and vicious conversation, their fury that they cannot kill the mare with one blow, and the wretched animal's slow death makes a picture that I have long tried in vain to forget.
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The leading character, the epileptic Idiot, has a magnetic charm that pulls the reader from the first, and from which it is vain to hope to escape.
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He tried in vain to induce publishers to print it, and fortunately for him, was obliged to wait until 1907, when the time happened to be exactly ripe.
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All through the book he seeks in vain for some philosophy of life, some guiding principle.
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And afterwards it was made clear to my own heart I had not trusted in vain.
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He felt how strange such a wish would appear to his crew, and _tried to disregard it; but in vain_. His desire became more and more urgent and distressing, and foreseeing that it would soon be more difficult to gratify it, he told his lieutenant to prepare to "_put about ship_" and steer for Ascension.
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I went down into the village, one day, to try and get some, but tried in vain; so many men were away in the army that help was scarce.
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I searched for him all day, but in vain.
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She had sought work for food and shelter, though destitute of sufficient covering to keep her from trembling with cold, and, so far, sought in vain; but she was sure it was waiting for her somewhere, and she thought perhaps God's people could tell her where.
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In vain he hung back, and tried to save himself from the cursed appetite; at last he realized that in a few weeks' time he must go to the grave; strength could not stand such a waste of life.
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After trying his utmost and crying as loud as he could for help, but in vain, the thought struck him that God would help him if he asked him.
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Examples of Vain

Example #1
Now the door swung open, and a portly figure entered quickly.
Example #2
He was less stoical and apathetic than most Egyptians.
Example #3
But if you will be Deaf to my complaints, and not regard the Ruine of your Children, nor pity your own Soul: Tho I am sure my Grief will bring me to my Grave.
Example #4
How will that Sentence terifie your Conscience, _Whoremongers and Adulterers God will judge_?
Example #5
She was so much alone, and the greyhound was always with her, and not only entertained her by such tricks as any other dog might have learned, but was to her a beloved, dumb, but by no means deaf, companion from her early home, who would prick its ears when she spoke the name of her dear little sisters in distant Arelas, from whom she had not heard for years; or it would look sadly in her face, and kiss her white hands, when longing forced tears into her eyes.
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The dog had belonged to Sirona since she was quite a girl, it had come with her to Rome, and from thence to the oasis; it clung to her with affection, and she to it, for Iambe liked no one to caress and stroke her so much as her mistress.