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English

Etymology

From Middle English vain < Old French vain < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] vānus (empty).

Pronunciation

Adjective

vain (comparative er, superlative more)

Positive
vain

Comparative
er

Superlative
more

  1. overly proud of oneself, especially when concerning appearance
    • Leo Rosten:
      Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.
  2. having very little substance
  3. Effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
    • William of Occam:
      It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.

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Finnish

Adverb

vain

  1. only, merely, exclusively, solely, just

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

vain m. (f. vaine, m. plural vains, f. plural vaines)

  1. useless, ineffective

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