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  • as infruitless
  • as infutile
  • as inunavailing

synonyms for in vain

  • abortive
  • futile
  • ineffective
  • ineffectual
  • pointless
  • unproductive
  • unsuccessful
  • useless
  • barren
  • empty
  • gainless
  • idle
  • infertile
  • profitless
  • spinning one's wheels
  • sterile
  • to no avail
  • to no effect
  • unavailable
  • unavailing
  • unfruitful
  • unprofitable
  • unprolific
  • vain

antonyms for in vain

MOST RELEVANT
  • effective
  • effectual
  • fruitful
  • productive
  • profitable
  • copious
  • plentiful
  • potent
  • successful
  • useful
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    How to use in vain in a sentence

    Vain also was the valour and ability he showed in the campaign against the Royalists in La Vende.
    NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
    The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.
    THE BIBLE, DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSIONVARIOUS
    He went on, ruminating on the vain shadow, into which his over-heated ambition to act and to be distinguished, had involved him.
    THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
    Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
    BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF; A PRACTICAL PLAN OF CHARACTER BUILDING, VOLUME I (OF 17)VARIOUS
    He came back in due time, but bringing nothing for me, and I felt that my appeal had been in vain.
    THE BOARDED-UP HOUSEAUGUSTA HUIELL SEAMAN
    The commander-in-chief still kept him attached to the headquarter staff, and constantly employed him on special service.
    NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
    After looking for them in vain down below he had feared that they might have found their way into the open air.
    THE TALE OF GRANDFATHER MOLEARTHUR SCOTT BAILEY
    So far Murat had always held subordinate commands; his great ambition was to become the commander-in-chief of an independent army.
    NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
    Their jurisdictions overlapped and the Gascon would play second fiddle to no one save to his great brother-in-law.
    NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
    If I were a vain man I should confess that they rather gave themselves away.
    THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
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    WORDS RELATED TO IN VAIN

    • abortive
    • barren
    • empty
    • futile
    • gainless
    • idle
    • in vain
    • ineffective
    • ineffectual
    • infertile
    • pointless
    • profitless
    • spinning one's wheels
    • sterile
    • to no avail
    • to no effect
    • unavailable
    • unavailing
    • unfruitful
    • unproductive
    • unprofitable
    • unprolific
    • unsuccessful
    • useless
    • vain
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