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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

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.

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

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

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.
Jane Austen

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
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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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