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vain

[ veyn ]SEE DEFINITION OF vain
  • 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

  • humble
  • modest
  • possible
  • shy
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VAIN

Ambrose felt almost despairing as he heard in vain the last name.

But, bound as he was, we can understand why they looked in vain.

Weary and restless with vain waiting, they looked from the doorway at the weather.

You look in vain for any outward signs of profligacy or debauchery.

O the words of kindness, all to be expressed in vain, that flowed from her lips!

Williams, Gunby, and Howard, all strove in vain to bring it to order.

To attempt to eliminate fear and retain this concept of God is vain.

Some men are as vain as any women, and Corney was one of those some.

She strove her mightiest to rid herself of them, but in vain.

And this poet was proud, and vain, and in love with all distinctions.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "devoid of real value, idle, unprofitable," from Old French vein "worthless," from Latin vanus "idle, empty," from PIE *wa-no-, from root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out" (cf. Old English wanian "to lessen," wan "deficient;" Old Norse vanta "to lack;" Latin vacare "to be empty," vastus "empty, waste;" Avestan va- "lack," Persian vang "empty, poor;" Sanskrit una- "deficient"). Meaning "conceited" first recorded 1690s, from earlier sense of "silly, idle, foolish" (late 14c.). Phrase in vain "to no effect" (c.1300, after Latin in vanum) preserves the original sense. Related: Vainly.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR VAIN

abortive

adjectivefailing to achieve a goal
  • failed
  • failing
  • fruitless
  • futile
  • ineffective
  • ineffectual
  • miscarried
  • unavailing
  • unproductive
  • unsuccessful
  • useless
  • vain
  • worthless

bigheaded

adjectiveegotistic
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