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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Having a high opinion of oneself. Also: Useless.

Usage examples (31)
  • Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
  • Laugh’st at their vain designs and tumults vain—
  • Indeed, to labour in vain is heartless and discouraging.
  • "If, as it must be, what I have said, 'in vain,' is really the fact" for more
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  • Other words that sounds like vain which means useless or having a high opinion of oneself, are vein which is a kind of blood vessel and vane which is a part of a propeller.
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