“Merkel is not vain—still.
Vain patience to heap and hoard.
In vain, in vain!
Few things are more beautiful than vain hope.
“You think you are not a vain person.
They’re also waiting in vain, period.
But I do have to admit, I am incredibly vain.
He prayed, he wept, he sorrowed, but all in vain.
Restaurants and shops advertise in vain for staff.
All was vain; and he lost two hours in his attempts, which were at last utterly useless.
“Chattering, foolish, vain—vain, foolish, and chattering, are the monkeys.
Ministers must now act swiftly to show the victims that their efforts have not been in vain.
Groups have campaigned, mostly in vain, for tighter industry regulations, reparations, and for better health services.
This oration once read, in vain shall we study, in vain shall we toil, in vain strain every nerve.
“I’m vain enough to have a Google alert for my name, so I’ve been aware of the white-supremacist Jason Kessler for a while,” Jason B.
The deaths of the Croppies killed on Vinegar Hill has therefore not been in vain, a spirit of resistance has grown from their sacrifice.
In opera legend, a master class is a vehicle for a domineering personality to tell vain stories and stomp out vain hopes.
In vain did Franz endeavor to forget the many perplexing thoughts which assailed him; in vain did he court the refreshment of sleep.
Montel was a middle-aged gentleman whose vain ambition and desire for the past twenty years had been to fill the void which Monsieur Lebrun's taking off had left in the Lebrun household.
And generally all vain-glorious men, (unlesse they be withall timorous,) are subject to Anger; as being more prone than others to interpret for contempt, the ordinary liberty of conversation: And there are few Crimes that may not be produced by Anger.
- characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
- unproductive of success
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