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Definition of Vain


  1. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  2. Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.
  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.
  4. Showy; ostentatious.
  5. Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain.

Vain Quotations

That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.
William Shakespeare

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
Khalil Gibran

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Emily Dickinson Quote
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson
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Vain Translations

vain in Afrikaans is vrugteloos
vain in Dutch is vergeefs, ijdel, nutteloos
vain in Finnish is turha
vain in French is vain, vaniteux
vain in German is eitel, vergeblich, vergeblich, Eitel
vain in Italian is vano
vain in Latin is inanis, irritus, leviculus
vain in Spanish is vano

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