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Vain Vain, n. Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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