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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
vain (adjective)
1.
having no real value - idle worthless vain pretensions
2.
marked by futility or ineffectualness - unsuccessful useless vain efforts to escape
3.
archaic - foolish silly
4.
having or showing undue or excessive in one's appearance or achievements - pride conceited futile
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
vain (adjective)
1.
having too high an opinion of oneself
SYNONIMS:
assured, biggety ( biggity), bigheaded, complacent, consequential, egoistic ( egoistical), egotistic ( egotistical), important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-conceited, self-important, self-opinionated, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up, swellheaded, vain, vainglorious
RELATED WORDS:
blusterous, blustery, boastful, bombastic, braggart, bragging, braggy, cocky, swaggering; arrogant, assumptive, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, disdainful, fastuous, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-hat, huffy, lofty, lordly, masterful, peremptory, pontifical, self-asserting, self-assertive, snobbish, snobby, snooty, supercilious, superior, toplofty ( toploftical), uppish, uppity; domineering, high-handed, imperious; highfalutin ( hifalutin), holier-than-thou, pretentious; overconfident, presuming, presumptuous; confident, self-assured, self-confident; self-adulatory, self-congratulatory, self-contented, self-gratulatory; self-applauding, self-dramatizing, self-glorifying, self-promoting; self-affected, self-centered, self-engrossed, selfish; condescending, patronizing
NEAR ANTONYMS:
diffident, self-critical, self-distrustful, self-doubting, self-reproachful, self-reproving; meek, timid, unassertive; down-to-earth, unarrogant, unassuming, unpretentious; bashful, demure, introverted, mousy ( mousey), overmodest, retiring, sheepish, shrinking, shy
egoless, humble, modest, uncomplacent
vain (adjective)
2.
producing no results
SYNONIMS:
abortive, barren, bootless, empty, fruitless, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, otiose, profitless, unavailing, unproductive, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless, vain
RELATED WORDS:
hollow, idle, meaningless, pointless, valueless, worthless; hopeless, impossible, lost, no-win, unattainable; inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; counterproductive
NEAR ANTONYMS:
meaningful, worthwhile; adequate, sufficient; applicable, feasible, functional, practicable, practical, realizable, usable ( useable), workable
deadly, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, fruitful, potent, productive, profitable, successful, virtuous
vain (adjective)
3.
having no usefulness
SYNONIMS:
chaffy, empty, junky, no-good, null, vain, valueless
RELATED WORDS:
base, cheap, cheapjack, duff [], inferior, lousy, low-grade, second-rate; bad, defective, dud, flawed, imperfect, substandard, unsatisfactory; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, unacceptable
NEAR ANTONYMS:
invaluable, precious, priceless; cherished, esteemed, prized, treasured; choice, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special
useful, valuable, worthy
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