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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance;
- Example: "a conceited fool"
- Example: "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"
- Example: "an egotistical disregard of others"
- Example: "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"
- Example: "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"
- Example: "vain about her clothes"
[syn: conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vain]

2. unproductive of success;
- Example: "a fruitless search"
- Example: "futile years after her artistic peak"
- Example: "a sleeveless errand"
- Example: "a vain attempt"
[syn: bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain]

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vain \Vain\ (v[=a]n), a. [Compar. Vainer; superl. Vainest.] [F. vain, L. vanus empty, void, vain. Cf. Vanish, Vanity, Vaunt to boast.] 1. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying. "Thy vain excuse." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Every man walketh in a vain show. --Ps. xxxix. 6. [1913 Webster] Let no man deceive you with vain words. --Eph. v. 6. [1913 Webster] Vain pomp, and glory of this world, I hate ye! --Shak. [1913 Webster] Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Destitute of force or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt. [1913 Webster] Bring no more vain oblations. --Isa. i. 13. [1913 Webster] Vain is the force of man To crush the pillars which the pile sustain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? --James ii. 20 (Rev. Ver.). [1913 Webster] The minstrels played on every side, Vain of their art. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. Showy; ostentatious. [1913 Webster] Load some vain church with old theatric state. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Syn: Empty; worthless; fruitless; ineffectual; idle; unreal; shadowy; showy; ostentatious; light; inconstant; deceitful; delusive; unimportant; trifling. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vain \Vain\, n. Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain. [1913 Webster] For vain. See In vain. [Obs.] --Shak. In vain, to no purpose; without effect; ineffectually. " In vain doth valor bleed." --Milton. " In vain they do worship me." --Matt. xv. 9. To take the name of God in vain, to use the name of God with levity or profaneness. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

vain adj 1: characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes" [syn: conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self- conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vain] 2: unproductive of success; "a fruitless search"; "futile years after her artistic peak"; "a sleeveless errand"; "a vain attempt" [syn: bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

147 Moby Thesaurus words for "vain": Gascon, abortive, absurd, airy, arrogant, asinine, barren, baseless, boastful, boasting, bootless, bootlessly, braggart, bragging, catchpenny, cocky, complacent, conceited, consequential, counterproductive, coxcombical, dandyish, delusive, delusory, doomed, effete, egocentric, egoistic, egotistical, empty, etiolated, fanfaron, fanfaronading, fatuitous, fatuous, feckless, flimsy, foolish, foppish, foredoomed, fribble, fribbling, frivolous, frothy, fruitless, fruitlessly, futile, futilely, gasconading, groundless, haughty, hollow, idle, ill-founded, improperly, in vain, inadequate, inane, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inoperative, invalid, light, misleading, narcissan, narcissine, narcissistic, narcistic, nugacious, nugatory, of no force, otiose, overproud, overweening, paltry, petty, pointless, profitless, proud, puny, self-admiring, self-advertising, self-applauding, self-approving, self-assuming, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-congratulating, self-congratulatory, self-content, self-contented, self-delighting, self-endeared, self-esteeming, self-flattering, self-glorious, self-gratulating, self-gratulatory, self-important, self-lauding, self-loving, self-respecting, self-satisfied, self-sufficient, self-vaunting, shallow, silly, slender, slight, smug, sterile, stuck-up, superficial, thrasonic, thrasonical, trifling, trite, trivial, unavailable, unavailing, unbased, unfounded, ungrounded, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful, unsuccessfully, unsupportable, unsupported, unsustainable, unsustained, untenable, unwarranted, useless, vacuous, vainglorious, vainly, valueless, vapid, vaporing, vaunting, void, windy, without basis, without foundation, worthless