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{adj: bootless, fruitless, futile, sleeveless, vain} unproductive of success
"a fruitless search"
"futile years after her artistic peak"
"a sleeveless errand"
"a vain attempt"

{adj: conceited, egotistic, egotistical, self-conceited, swollen, swollen-headed, vain} characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
"a conceited fool"
"an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"
"an egotistical disregard of others"
"so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"
"growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"
"vain about her clothes"

{adv: vainly, in vain} to no avail
"he looked for her in vain"
"the city fathers tried vainly to find a solution"

{n: braggadocio, bluster, rodomontade, rhodomontade} vain and empty boasting

{n: conceit, conceitedness, vanity} the trait of being unduly vain and conceited

{n: gaudery, pomp} cheap or pretentious or vain display

{n: immodesty} the trait of being vain and conceited
<-> modesty

{n: liveliness, life, spirit, sprightliness} animation and energy in action or expression
"it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"

{n: pipe dream, dream} a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)
"I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe"

{n: popinjay} a vain and talkative person (chatters like a parrot)

{n: posturing} adopting a vain conceited posture

{n: prima donna} a vain and temperamental person

{n: vanity fair} a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities

{v: take in vain} use a name, such as God, without proper respect

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