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vain

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1 having too high an opinion of oneself

  • a man so vain that he spent hours admiring himself in the mirror
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3 having no usefulness

  • having tired of the vain pleasures of life in the fast lane, he returned to the small town he had grown up in
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futile, vain, fruitless mean producing no result. futile may connote completeness of failure or unwisdom of undertaking.
    • resistance had proved so futile that surrender was the only choice left
vain usually implies simple failure to achieve a desired result.
    • a vain attempt to get the car started
fruitless comes close to vain but often suggests long and arduous effort or severe disappointment.
    • fruitless efforts to obtain a lasting peace

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