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adverb as in vainly

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Locals threw buckets of dirt on the craft in a futile attempt to extinguish the flames.

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That might explain why its rays were so futile when it came to getting temperatures to rise today.

After a futile possession by the Jets, the Patriots got the ball back at their 22-yard line with 47 seconds to play.

Without the ability to know the source of the data, permanently opting out of cookie tracking was generally futile.

Trapping him is futile, given that few big men can contain Walker in space, and dropping too low lets him feast in areas where he’s very comfortable.

But conservatism now feels a lot like liberalism did in 1984 and 1985, back when I was futilely shoveling away that snow.

I have spent the many years since trying, futilely, to catch up.

Israel is quick to laud those who fought the Nazis, no matter how futilely, over those who went powerless to their deaths.

Houston reeled with the effect of it; he gasped, he struggled aimlessly, futilely, for words to answer it.

Her shoulders heaved as—futilely—she strove to wrench her arms free.

A steel door bars the public from this laboratory and it was upon this door that Joy and I pounded futilely for three days.

"She's having a dose, she is," said a young woman walking up and down, futilely patting the back of a shrieking infant.

When Teddy found himself a pauper he had raged furiously and futilely, and the gallop to the grave went at double pace.


On this page you'll find 5 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to futilely, such as: unsuccessfully, fruitlessly, ineffectually, and uselessly.

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