Vain meaning

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Overly proud of oneself, especially concerning appearance; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason.
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The definition of vain is someone or something without value, without force or who is conceited.

An example of vain is a promise that someone doesn't intend to keep.

An example of vain is an attempt to prune a bush only to have it removed the following day.

An example of vain is a person who constantly talks about how good looking they are.

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Not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless.

A vain attempt.

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Having or showing excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.
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Effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.

Vain toil; a vain attempt.

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Having no real value or significance; worthless, empty, idle, hollow, etc.

Vain pomp.

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Without force or effect; futile, fruitless, unprofitable, unavailing, etc.

A vain endeavor.

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Having or showing an excessively high regard for one's self, looks, possessions, ability, etc.; indulging in or resulting from personal vanity; conceited.
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Lacking substance or worth.

Vain talk.

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Foolish.
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Lacking in sense; foolish.
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Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
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Showy; ostentatious.
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Origin of vain

Middle English from Old French from Latin vānus empty euə- in Indo-European roots