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VAIN, a. [L. vanus; Eng. wan, wane, want.]

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.

5. Showy; ostentatious.

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.



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VAIN, a. [L. vanus; Eng. wan, wane, want.]

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.

5. Showy; ostentatious.

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.

VAIN, a. [Fr. vain; It. vano; L. vanus; Gaelic, fann, weak; faon, void; W. gwan; Sans. vana; probably allied to Eng. wan, wane, want.]

  1. Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance. 1 Pet. i. To your vain answer will you have recourse. Blackmore. Every man walketh in a vain show. Ps. xxxix. Why do the people imagine a vain thing? Ps. ii.
  2. Fruitless; ineffectual. All attempts, all efforts were vain. Vain is the force of man. – Dryden.
  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. – Dryden.
  4. Empty; unreal; as, a vain chimera.
  5. Showy; ostentatious. Load some vain church with old theatric state. – Pope.
  6. Light; inconstant; worthless. Prov. xii.
  7. Empty; unsatisfying. The pleasures of life are vain.
  8. False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious. James i.
  9. Not effectual; having no efficacy. Bring no more vain oblations. Is. i. In vain, to no purpose; without effect; ineffectual. In vain they do worship me. Matth. xv. To take the name of God in vain, to use the name of God with levity or profaneness.

Vain
  1. Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.

    "Thy vain excuse." Shak.

    Every man walketh in a vain show. Ps. xxxix. 6.

    Let no man deceive you with vain words. Eph. v. 6.

    Vain pomp, and glory of this world, I hate ye! Shak.

    Vain visdom all, and false philosophy. Milton.

  2. Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain.

    For vain. See In vain. [Obs.] Shak. -- In vain, 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.

  3. Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.

    Bring no more vain oblations. Isa. i. 13.

    Vain is the force of man
    To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.
    Dryden.

  4. 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 vain man, that faith apart from works is barren? James ii. 20 (Rev. Ver.).

    The minstrels played on every side,
    Vain of their art.
    Dryden.

  5. Showy; ostentatious.

    Load some vain church with old theatric state. Pope.

    Syn. -- Empty; worthless; fruitless; ineffectual; idle; unreal; shadowy; showy; ostentatious; light; inconstant; deceitful; delusive; unimportant; trifling.

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Vain

VAIN, adjective [Latin vanus; Eng. wan, wane, want.]

1. Empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance. 1 Peter 1:18.

To your vain answer will you have recourse.

Every man walketh in a vain show. Psalms 39:6.

Why do the people imagine a vain thing? Psalms 2:1.

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.

5. Showy; ostentatious.

Load some vain church with old theatric state.

6. Light; inconstant; worthless. Proverbs 12:11.

7. Empty; unsatisfying. The pleasures of life are vain

8. False; deceitful; not genuine; spurious. James 1:26.

9. Not effectual; having no efficacy

Bring no more vain oblations. Isaiah 1:13.

In vain to no purpose; without effect; ineffectual.

In vain they do worship me. Matthew 15:9.

To take the name of God in vain to use the name of God with levity or profaneness.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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L'ARD, n. [L. lardum, laridum.]

1. The fat of swine, after being melted and separated from the flesh.

2. Bacon; the flesh of swine.

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1. To stuff with bacon or pork.

The larded thighs on loaded altars laid.

2. To fatten; to enrich.

Now Falstaff sweats to death, and lards the lean earth.

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- Let no alien interpose, to lard with wit thy hungry Epsom prose.

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