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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vainly, in vainadverb

    to no avail

    "he looked for her in vain"; "the city fathers tried vainly to find a solution"

Wiktionary

  1. vainlyadverb

    In a vain manner; to no avail.

ChatGPT

  1. vainly

    Vainly refers to an action done without achieving the desired result or effect, characterized by futility or ineffectiveness. It can also refer to actions done in an excessively proud or self-centered manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vainlyadverb

    in a vain manner; in vain

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vainly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vainly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of vainly in a Sentence

  1. William James:

    Much of what we call evil is due entirely to the way men take the phenomenon. It can so often be converted into a bracing and tonic good by a simple change of the sufferer's inner attitude from one of fear to one of fight; its string can so often depart and turn into a relish when, after vainly seeking to shun it, we agree to face about and bear it...

  2. Reinhold Niebuhr:

    The mastery of nature is vainly believed to be an adequate substitute for self mastery.

  3. Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of its all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore, and called it gold: before whose image bow the vulgar great, the vainly rich, the miserable proud, the mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, and with blind feelings reverence the power that grinds them to the dust of misery.

  4. John Brown, last words in a written note given to his jailer, Dec. 2, 1859:

    I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think vainly, flattered myself that, without very much bloodshed, it might be done.

  5. Christopher Morley:

    A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by.

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