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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.

It seems like everything was in vain, everything we have done.

We still struggled—often in vain—for meaningful inclusion in policy, science, news and entertainment relating to our lives.

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Everything that happened, in my opinion, was in vain because nothing about the situation changed.

That year, his mother had tried in vain to procure a special education plan for him.

Asserting our right to free speech is the only to ensure that 12 people did not die in vain.

In vain, fishermen waited for the sea to come back: there were no fish, there was no money for their families.

In many engagements volunteers asked regular army commanders for support, transport and ammunition, but often in vain.

Faulkner, Whitman, and Dickinson did not labor in vain; their books live on, horizontally, stacked like bricks in a display case.

Fonda tried in vain to convince Jarrow and Archer to ditch the project.

Vain also was the valour and ability he showed in the campaign against the Royalists in La Vende.

The hopes of a man that is void of understanding are vain and deceitful: and dreams lift up fools.

He went on, ruminating on the vain shadow, into which his over-heated ambition to act and to be distinguished, had involved him.

He came back in due time, but bringing nothing for me, and I felt that my appeal had been in vain.

After looking for them in vain down below he had feared that they might have found their way into the open air.


On this page you'll find 162 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to vain, such as: arrogant, cocky, big-headed, boastful, conceited, and egocentric.

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