Webster 1913 Edition
Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.“Thy vain excuse.”
Every man walketh in a
Ps. xxxix. 6.
Let no man deceive you with
Eph. v. 6.
Vainpomp, and glory of this world, I hate ye!
Vainwisdom all, and false philosophy.
Destitute of force or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual;
Bring no more
Isa. i. 13.
Vainis the force of man
To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.
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
vainman, that faith apart from works is barren?
James ii. 20 (Rev. Ver.).
The minstrels played on every side,
Vainof their art.
vainchurch with old theatric state.
Syn. – Empty; worthless; fruitless; ineffectual; idle; unreal; shadowy; showy; ostentatious; light; inconstant; deceitful; delusive; unimportant; trifling.
Vanity; emptiness; – now used only in the phrase
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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance. 1Peter 1.
To your vain answer will you have recourse.
Every man walketh in a vain show. Ps. 39.
Why do the people imagine a vain thing? Ps. 2.
2.Fruitless; ineffectual. All attempts, all efforts were vain.
Vain is the force of man.
3.Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; elated with a high opinion of one's own accomplishments, or with things more showy than valuable; conceited.
The minstrels play'd on every side, vain of their art -
4.Empty; unreal; as a vain chimers.
Load some vain church with old theatric state.
6.Light; inconstant; worthless. Prov. 12.
7.Empty; unsatisfying. The pleasures of life are vain.
8.False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious. James 1.
9.Not effectual; having no efficacy
Bring no more vain oblations. Is. 1.
In vain, to no purpose; without effect; ineffectual.
In vain they do worship me. Matt. 15.
To take the name of God in vain, to use the name of God with levity or profaneness.