from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless: a vain attempt.
- adj. Lacking substance or worth: vain talk.
- adj. Excessively proud of one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.
- adj. Archaic Foolish.
- idiom in vain To no avail; without success: Our labor was in vain.
- idiom in vain In an irreverent or disrespectful manner: took the Lord's name in vain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. overly proud of oneself, especially when concerning appearance
- adj. having very little substance
- adj. effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
- adj. Destitute of force or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual.
- adj. Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
- adj. Showy; ostentatious.
- n. Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no real value or importance; worthless; unsubstantial; empty; trivial; idle.
- Producing no good result; destitute of force or efficacy; fruitless; ineffectual; useless; futile; unavailing.
- Light-minded; foolish; silly.
- Proud of petty things or of trifling attainments or accomplishments; elated with a high opinion of one's personal appearance, manners, or the like; courting the admiration or applause of others; conceited; self-complacent; also, proceeding from or marked by such pride or conceit: as, to be vain of one's figure or one's dress.
- Showy; ostentatious; pretentious.
- Bootless, abortive.
- See egotism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unproductive of success
- adj. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
_Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain_.
For people that claim to know God I hope you know that taking the name of God in vain is sin.
So quoting the taking of the Lord's name in vain is okay in movie reviews, but hell is off-limits.
GAH!!!! to many tildas, for the love of christ (thats not taking it in vain is it?), why … ..
Finishing the mission so our troops will not have died in vain is the most screwed up thing I have ever heard.
Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions.
"If, as it must be, what I have said, 'in vain,' is really the fact"
Jesus shall come to effect, by His presence (Isa 11: 4; Da 7: 17), that which in vain is looked for, in His absence, by other means.
No; in vain is salvation hoped for from hills and mountains, Jer. iii.
Indeed, to labour in vain is heartless and discouraging.