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vain

Synonyms of vain in English:

adjective

  • 1 he was vain about his looks
    literary vainglorious
    rare peacockish
    (be vain)have an excessively high opinion of oneself, think too highly of oneself, think a lot of oneself
    informal think one is the cat's whiskers/pyjamas, think one is God's gift (to women)
    [Antonyms] modest
  • 2 a vain attempt to tidy up the room
    [Antonyms] successful, productive
  • Phrases

    in vain

    1
  • 1 they waited in vain for a response
    unsuccessfully, vainly, without success, to no avail, to no purpose, ineffectually, with no result, fruitlessly, profitlessly, unproductively
    [Antonyms] successfully
  • 2 his efforts were in vain
    [Antonyms] successful, productive
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    vain, futile, fruitless, pointless
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