Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FUTILE

The effort to make them "disgorge" is as continual as it is noisy, and, as a rule, futile.

So, she fought no more, but left destiny to work its will unhampered by her futile strivings.

But his well-meant attempt to assuage the stricken creature's wo was futile.

He felt suddenly young and futile; his just rage turned to blustering in his ears.

He should therefore smile at the futile attempt to excite his jealousy.

As he turned he saw something that checked his futile anger.

"I was not speaking," said Miss Whitmore, haughtily, in futile denial.

But it is futile to engage in the controversies of the past.

Any attempt to gloze the situation, he felt, would be futile.

It had been a futile warfare, for the means of defence were equal to the means of offence.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, from Middle French futile, from Latin futilis "vain, worthless, futile," literally "pouring out easily" (of a vessel), hence "easily emptied, leaky, unreliable," from base of fundere "pour, melt," from PIE root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Related: Futilely.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FUTILE

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.