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Vainly, 1) idly, unreasonably: “v. thinking that she thinks me young,” Sonn. 138, 5. “my thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are, at random from the truth v. expressed,” 147, 12. “shall tax my fears of little vanity, having v. feared too little,” All's V, 3, 123.
2) falsely, erroneously: “which v. I supposed the Holy Land,” H4B IV, 5, 239.
3) to no purpose, ineffectually, in vain, idly: “this article is made in vain, or v. comes the admired princess hither,” LLL I, 1, 141. “our cannons' malice v. shall be spent against the invulnerable clouds of heaven,” John II, 251. “benefit no further than v. longing,” H8 I, 2, 81. “what torch is yond that v. lends his light to grubs,” Rom. V, 3, 125. “breathed our sufferance v.” Tim. V, 4, 8.
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