In VAIN. To no purpose; to no end; ineffectually; with-
He tempts in vain. Milton.
Providence and nature never did anything in vain. L’Estr.
Strong Halyst stands in vain; weak Phlegys flies. Dryd.
The philosophers of old did in vain enquire whether sum-
mum bonum consisted in riches, bodily delights, virtue, or
If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act
and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow
than it really is. Addison’s Spectator.
If from this discourse one honest man shall receive satis-
faction, I shall think that I have not written nor lived in
vain. West on the Resurrection.