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See definition of vain on Dictionary.com
  • adj.egotistical
  • adj.futile, useless

synonyms for vain

  • arrogant
  • cocky
  • big-headed
  • boastful
  • conceited
  • egocentric
  • egoistic
  • haughty
  • high-and-mighty
  • inflated
  • narcissistic
  • ostentatious
  • overweening
  • pleased with oneself
  • proud
  • puffed up
  • self-important
  • stuck-up
  • swaggering
  • swollen-headed
  • vainglorious
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antonyms for vain

MOST RELEVANT
  • humble
  • modest
  • possible
  • shy
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How to use vain in a sentence

Looming over all of this are Sirhan’s supporters who say he did not shoot Kennedy, and who have raised that issue in vain both in the California courts and in parole hearings.
SIRHAN SIRHAN, CONVICTED OF ROBERT F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION, SEEKS PAROLE WITH NO OPPOSITION FROM PROSECUTORSTOM JACKMANAUGUST 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
It seems like everything was in vain, everything we have done.
AFGHANISTAN HAD A PLAN TO FREE ITSELF FROM CASH. NOW IT RISKS RUNNING OUT.TATE RYAN-MOSLEY, CHARLOTTE JEE, EILEEN GUOAUGUST 20, 2021MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
We still struggled—often in vain—for meaningful inclusion in policy, science, news and entertainment relating to our lives.
ATYPICAL FELL SHORT AS BOTH AUTISTIC REPRESENTATION AND ENTERTAINMENT. AT LEAST IT WAS ECLIPSED DURING ITS OWN TIMESARAH KURCHAKJULY 16, 2021TIME
Everything that happened, in my opinion, was in vain because nothing about the situation changed.
LOCKED UP IN THE LAND OF LIBERTY: PART IIMICHAEL K. LAVERSJULY 14, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
That year, his mother had tried in vain to procure a special education plan for him.
HELD BACK: INSIDE A LOST SCHOOL YEARBY ANNIE WALDMAN, PROPUBLICA, PHOTOGRAPHY BY CYDNI ELLEDGEJUNE 28, 2021PROPUBLICA
He wished “that my good arm may not have been taken in vain.”
THE FUTURE IN AFGHANISTAN MAY BE KEY TO THE WELL-BEING OF AMERICA’S SOLDIERSDILLON CARROLLMAY 6, 2021WASHINGTON POST
He would not let all those that had died and were suffering do so in vain.
REMEMBERING A LEADER: LARRY KRAMERANTHONY EATONAPRIL 22, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
Not because he was vain, but because he understood that giving him an award allowed him to help that organization, which he always did.
IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITIES: THE BOUNTIFUL LIFE OF VARTAN GREGORIANRICHARD STENGELAPRIL 18, 2021TIME
For all the vain anxieties and superficial losses that come with aging, getting older is something to be grateful for.
SOME YOUNG WOMEN EMBRACED THEIR GRAY HAIR DURING THE PANDEMIC. THEY MIGHT NOT GO BACK.MAURA JUDKISAPRIL 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Lopez used her car as a means to distance herself from racial slurs, but her efforts to claim autonomy and American identity were in vain.
HER CRAZY DRIVING IS A KEY ELEMENT OF CRUELLA DE VIL’S EVIL. HERE’S WHY.GENEVIEVE CARPIOAPRIL 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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WORDS RELATED TO VAIN

  • failed
  • failing
  • fruitless
  • futile
  • ineffective
  • ineffectual
  • unavailing
  • unproductive
  • unsuccessful
  • useless
  • vain
  • worthless
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