(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. proud, conceited; futile, fruitless; trivial. See vanity, uselessness, unimportance.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Possessing unwarranted self-esteem]
Syn. proud, arrogant, haughty; see egotistic 2 .
2. [Trivial]
Syn. trivial, unimportant, frivolous, petty, insignificant, idle, empty, hollow, otiose; see also trivial , unimportant .
in vain,
Syn. futilely, unprofitably, to no purpose; see vainly .
Syn. profanely, irreverently, lightly; see casually 2 , rudely .
5. [Useless]
Syn. worthless, unavailing, profitless; see futile 1 , useless 1 .
See Synonym Study at futile . Syn.- vain applies to that which has little or no real value, worth, or meaning [vain studies, indulging in vain pleasures ] ; idle refers to that which is baseless or worthless because it can never be realized [idle hopes, idle talk ] ; empty and hollow are used of that which only appears to be genuine, sincere, worthwhile, etc. [empty threats, hollow victories ] ; otiose applies to that which has no real purpose or function and is therefore useless or superfluous [otiose remarks ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. worthless of no use, useless, empty, hollow, futile, unproductive, fruitless, pointless, unsuccessful, unavailing, idle.
2. conceited proud, vainglorious, *full of oneself, egotistical, self-important, arrogant, pompous, self-admiring, primping, preening, haughty, dandyish, foppish, swaggering, strutting, *in love with oneself.
ANT.: 1. productive, effective, worthwhile. 2. modest, humble, self-effacing
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having no useful result: barren, bootless, fruitless, futile, unavailing, unprofitable, unsuccessful, useless. Idiom: in vain. See THRIVE, USED. 2. Lacking value, use, or substance: empty, hollow, idle, otiose, vacant. See FULL. 3. Unduly preoccupied with one's own appearance: conceited, narcissistic. See SELF-LOVE. 4. Thinking too highly of oneself: conceited, egoistic, egoistical, egotistic, egotistical, narcissistic, vainglorious. Informal: bigheaded, stuck-up, swellheaded. See SELF-LOVE.

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