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in vain

1. adjective Without success; futile. I tried to convince the other board members, but my efforts were in vain, and they outvoted me.
2. adverb Without success; futilely. I tried in vain to convince the other board members, and they outvoted me.
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in vain

for no purpose; [done] as a failure. They rushed her to the hospital, but they did it in vain. We tried in vain to get her there on time.
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in vain

To no avail, useless, as in All our work was in vain. [c. 1300] Also see take someone's name in vain.
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in ˈvain

without success: They tried in vain to persuade her to go.All our efforts were in vain.
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in vain

1. To no avail; without success: Our labor was in vain.
2. In an irreverent or disrespectful manner: took the Lord's name in vain.
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She is always on the side of truth and justice; readers will search in vain for the usual excruciating compromises and lesser evils that more mortal politicians are forced to accept.
If Christ hadn't risen, our preaching is in vain, and your faith is also in vain,'' Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, as he spoke for the other apostles while they traveled the world preaching the Gospel, or the ``good news'' about Christ.
In addition to Stallone's television role, life will imitate art, when the actor/artist/songwriter will release his new Big Band / American Songbook album entitled IN LOVE IN VAIN this Spring.
If I go back to Nicaragua, there will be nothing for me, and my sacrifices will end in vain.
The home owner, named by neighbours as Robert Monaghan, 34, tried in vain to revive him.