Synonyms of vain in English:

vain


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adjective

1‘he was vain about his looks’

SYNONYMS
conceited, narcissistic, self-loving, in love with oneself, self-admiring, self-regarding, wrapped up in oneself, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-centred, egotistic, egotistical, egoistic, egocentric, egomaniac
proud, haughty, arrogant, boastful, swaggering, imperious, overweening, cocky, affected
literary vainglorious
rare peacockish
have an excessively high opinion of oneself, think too highly of oneself, think a lot of oneself
informal think one is the cat's pyjamas, think one is the cat's whiskers, think one is God's gift, think one is God's gift to women
ANTONYMS

modest

2‘a vain attempt to tidy up the room’

SYNONYMS
futile, useless, pointless, worthless, nugatory, to no purpose, in vain
ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, powerless, unavailing, to no avail, fruitless, profitless, unproductive
unsuccessful, failed, without success, abortive, misfired
thwarted, balked, frustrated, foiled
archaic bootless
ANTONYMS

successful, productive


Phrases

    in vain

    1‘they waited in vain for a response’


    SYNONYMS
    unsuccessfully, vainly, without success, to no avail, to no purpose, ineffectually, with no result, fruitlessly, profitlessly, unproductively
    ANTONYMS

    successfully

    2‘his efforts were in vain’


    SYNONYMS
    futile, useless, pointless, to no purpose, worthless, nugatory
    ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, powerless, unavailing, to no avail, fruitless, profitless, unproductive
    unsuccessful, without success, abortive
    thwarted, balked, frustrated, foiled
    archaic bootless
    ANTONYMS

    successful, productive