3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vain \Vain\ (v[=a]n), adjective [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.

Every man walketh in a vain show. --Ps. xxxix. 6.

Let no man deceive you with vain words. --Eph. v. 6.

Vain pomp, and glory of this world, I hate ye! --Shak.

Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy. --Milton.

2. Destitute of force or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.

Bring no more vain oblations. --Isa. i. 13.

Vain is the force of man To crush the pillars which the pile sustain. --Dryden.

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.

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? --James ii. 20 (Rev. Ver.).

The minstrels played on every side, Vain of their art. --Dryden.

4. Showy; ostentatious.

Load some vain church with old theatric state. --Pope.

Syn: Empty; worthless; fruitless; ineffectual; idle; unreal; shadowy; showy; ostentatious; light; inconstant; deceitful; delusive; unimportant; trifling.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vain \Vain\, noun Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase

{in vain}.

{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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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}]

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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