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Meaning of VAIN

Pronunciation:  veyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt"
  2. [adj]  characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes"

VAIN is a 4 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: bootless, conceited, egotistic, egotistical, fruitless, futile, proud, self-conceited, sleeveless, swollen, swollen-headed, unproductive



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vain\, a. [Compar. {Vainer}; superl. {Vainest}.] [F. vain,
    L. vanus empty, void, vain. Cf. {Vanish}, {Vanity}, {Vaunt}
    to boast.]
    1. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty;
       void; worthless; unsatisfying. ``Thy vain excuse.''
             Every man walketh in a vain show.     --Ps. xxxix.
             Let no man deceive you with vain words. --Eph. v. 6.
             Vain pomp, and glory of this world, I hate ye!
             Vain visdom all, and false philosophy. --Milton.
    2. Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose;
       fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.
             Bring no more vain oblations.         --Isa. i. 13.
             Vain is the force of man To crush the pillars which
             the pile sustain.                     --Dryden.
    3. Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having
       a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight
       reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
             But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart
             from works is barren?                 --James ii. 20
                                                   (Rev. Ver.).
             The minstrels played on every side, Vain of their
             art.                                  --Dryden.
    4. Showy; ostentatious.
             Load some vain church with old theatric state.
    Syn: Empty; worthless; fruitless; ineffectual; idle; unreal;
         shadowy; showy; ostentatious; light; inconstant;
         deceitful; delusive; unimportant; trifling.
  2. \Vain\, n.
    Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain.
    {For vain}. See {In vain}. [Obs.] --Shak.
    {In vain}, to no purpose; without effect; ineffectually. ``
       In vain doth valor bleed.'' --Milton. `` In vain they do
       worship me.'' --Matt. xv. 9.
    {To take the name of God in vain}, to use the name of God
       with levity or profaneness.