In VAIN. To no purpose; to no end; ineffectually; with-
out effect.
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
contemplation. Locke.
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.

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