Vain

Definition of Vain

Pronunciation: vān
in vain.
a.1.Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
Every man walketh in a vain show.
- Ps. xxxix. 6.
Let no man deceive you with vain words.
- Eph. v. 6.
Vain pomp, and glory of this world, I hate ye!
- Shak.
Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy.
- Milton.
2.Destitute of force 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.
- Pope.
n.1.Vanity; emptiness; - now used only in the phrase
For vain
See In vain.
In vain
to no purpose; without effect; ineffectually.
- Shak.
To take the name of God in vain
to use the name of God with levity or profaneness.
- Milton.

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