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All's Well That Ends WellAW I.iii.196I know I love in vain, strive against hope,I know I loue in vaine, striue against hope:
All's Well That Ends WellAW III.iv.25.1Pursuit would be but vain.Pursuite would be but vaine.
All's Well That Ends WellAW IV.ii.51.1Against your vain assault.Against your vaine assault.
The Comedy of ErrorsCE III.ii.27'Tis holy sport to be a little vain'Tis holy sport to be a little vaine,
The Comedy of ErrorsCE III.ii.188But this I think: there's no man is so vainBut this I thinke, there's no man is so vaine,
CoriolanusCor V.i.71So that all hope is vainSo that all hope is vaine,
HamletHam I.i.147And our vain blows malicious mockery.And our vaine blowes, malicious Mockery.
Henry IV Part 11H4 II.iv.384Weep not, sweet Queen, for trickling tears are vain.Weepe not, sweet Queene, for trickling teares are vaine.
Henry IV Part 11H4 III.ii.67Of every beardless vain comparative,Of euery Beardlesse vaine Comparatiue;
Henry IV Part 22H4 II.iii.14Bring up his powers. But he did long in vain.Bring vp his Powres: but he did long in vaine.
Henry IV Part 22H4 IV.v.172If any rebel or vain spirit of mineIf any Rebell, or vaine spirit of mine,
Henry IV Part 22H4 V.v.46vain man.vaine man.
Henry VH5 I.i.54Since his addiction was to courses vain,Since his addiction was to Courses vaine,
Henry VH5 II.iv.28By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth,By a vaine giddie shallow humorous Youth,
Henry VH5 III.iii.24We may as bootless spend our vain commandWe may as bootlesse spend our vaine Command
Henry VI Part 11H6 V.iv.85Use no entreaty, for it is in vain.Vse no intreaty, for it is in vaine.
Henry VI Part 22H6 II.i.142go about to torture me in vain.You goe about to torture me in vaine.
Henry VI Part 22H6 III.ii.146But all in vain are these mean obsequies,But all in vaine are these meane Obsequies,
Henry VI Part 22H6 IV.i.77Against the senseless winds shalt grin in vain,Against the senselesse windes shall grin in vaine,
Henry VI Part 22H6 IV.i.92Whose dreadful swords were never drawn in vain,Whose dreadfull swords were neuer drawne in vaine,
Henry VI Part 33H6 I.ii.27Your oath, my lord, is vain and frivolous.Your Oath, my Lord, is vaine and friuolous.
Henry VI Part 33H6 I.iii.21In vain thou speakest, poor boy; my father's bloodIn vaine thou speak'st, poore Boy: / My Fathers blood
Henry VI Part 33H6 II.i.134But all in vain; they had no heart to fight,But all in vaine, they had no heart to fight,
Henry VIIIH8 I.ii.147By a vain prophecy of Nicholas Henton.By a vaine Prophesie of Nicholas Henton.
Henry VIIIH8 III.ii.365Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye.Vaine pompe, and glory of this World, I hate ye,
King Edward IIIE3 I.ii.1Alas, how much in vain my poor eyes gazeAlas how much in vaine my poore eyes gaze,
King Edward IIIE3 II.ii.195The vain endeavour of so many pens;The vaine indeuor of so many pens:
King Edward IIIE3 III.i.180But all in vain. Both sun, the wind, and tideBut all in vaine, both Sunne, the Wine and tyde,
King Edward IIIE3 III.iv.45But all in vain, he cannot free himself.But all in vaine, he cannot free him selfe.
King JohnKJ III.i.8Is but the vain breath of a common man.Is but the vaine breath of a common man:
King LearKL I.i.161.1Thou swear'st thy gods in vain.Thou swear.st thy Gods in vaine.
King LearKL IV.ii.61.2O vain fool!Oh vaine Foole.
King LearKL V.iii.291He knows not what he sees, and vain is itHe knowes not what he saies, and vaine is it
Love's Labour's LostLLL I.i.71And train our intellects to vain delight.And traine our intellects to vaine delight.
Love's Labour's LostLLL I.i.72Why, all delights are vain, but that most vainWhy? all delights are vaine, and that most vaine
Love's Labour's LostLLL I.i.137Therefore this article is made in vain,Therefore this Article is made in vaine,
Love's Labour's LostLLL I.i.164One who the music of his own vain tongueOne, who the musicke of his owne vaine tongue,
Love's Labour's LostLLL IV.ii.30For as it would ill become me to be vain, indiscreet, or a fool,For as it would ill become me to be vaine, indiscreet, or a foole;
Love's Labour's LostLLL V.i.12behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. He is toobehauiour vaine, ridiculous, and thrasonicall. He is too
Love's Labour's LostLLL V.ii.207O vain petitioner, beg a greater matter!O vaine peticioner, beg a greater matter,
Love's Labour's LostLLL V.ii.527too, too vain; too, too vain; but we will put it, as theyToo too vaine, too too vaine. But we wil put it (as they
Love's Labour's LostLLL V.ii.756All wanton as a child, skipping and vain,All wanton as a childe, skipping and vaine.
Measure for MeasureMM I.iv.48.1By vain though apt affection.By vaine, though apt affection.
Measure for MeasureMM II.iv.12Which the air beats for vain. O place, O form,Which the ayre beats for vaine: oh place, oh forme,
Measure for MeasureMM III.i.195him, I will open my lips in vain, or discover hishim, I will open my lips in vaine, or discouer his
Measure for MeasureMM IV.i.6Seals of love, but sealed in vain, sealed in vain.Seales of loue, but seal'd in vaine, seal'd in vaine.
A Midsummer Night's DreamMND II.i.88Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain,Therefore the Windes, piping to vs in vaine,
A Midsummer Night's DreamMND II.i.93The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain,The Oxe hath therefore stretch'd his yoake in vaine,
OthelloOth III.iii.467Not with vain thanks, but with acceptance bounteous;Not with vaine thanks, but with acceptance bounteous,
OthelloOth V.ii.262Than twenty times your stop. but, O vain boast! –Then twenty times your stop. But (oh vaine boast)
PericlesPer V.i.38It is in vain. He will not speak to you.It is in vaine, he will not speake to you.
Richard IIR2 II.i.4For all in vain comes counsel to his ear.For all in vaine comes counsell to his eare.
Richard IIR2 II.i.7Where words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain,Where words are scarse, they are seldome spent in vaine,
Richard IIR2 II.ii.141Farewell. If heart's presages be not vain,Farewell, if hearts presages be not vaine,
Richard IIR2 III.ii.166Infusing him with self and vain conceit,Infusing him with selfe and vaine conceit,
Richard IIR2 III.ii.214To alter this; for counsel is but vain.To alter this, for counsaile is but vaine.
Richard IIR2 V.v.19Unlikely wonders – how these vain weak nailsVnlikely wonders; how these vaine weake nailes
Richard IIIR3 I.iii.240Poor painted queen, vain flourish of my fortune!Poore painted Queen, vain flourish of my fortune,
Richard IIIR3 IV.iv.82I called thee then vain flourish of my fortune;I call'd thee then, vaine flourish of my fortune:
Romeo and JulietRJ I.iv.45We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.We wast our lights in vaine, lights, lights, by day;
Romeo and JulietRJ I.iv.98Begot of nothing but vain fantasy;Begot of nothing, but vaine phantasie,
Romeo and JulietRJ II.i.41.2Go then, for 'tis in vainGo then, for 'tis in vaine
The TempestTem IV.i.97Till Hymen's torch be lighted: but in vain.Till Hymens Torch be lighted: but in vaine,
Timon of AthensTim I.i.132.1Myself have spoke in vain.My selfe haue spoke in vaine.
Timon of AthensTim III.v.60.1You breathe in vain.You breath in vaine.
Timon of AthensTim III.v.60.2In vain? His service doneIn vaine?
Timon of AthensTim V.i.114It is in vain that you would speak with Timon;It is vaine that you would speake with Timon:
Timon of AthensTim V.i.182.2Stay not, all's in vain.Stay not, all's in vaine.
Timon of AthensTim V.i.188.2We speak in vain.We speake in vaine.
Titus AndronicusTit I.i.443Lose not so noble a friend on vain suppose,Loose not so noble a friend on vaine suppose,
Titus AndronicusTit I.i.458Kneel in the streets and beg for grace in vain.Kneele in the streetes, and beg for grace in vaine.
Titus AndronicusTit II.iii.163Remember, boys, I poured forth tears in vainRemember Boyes I powr'd forth teares in vaine,
Titus AndronicusTit III.i.27O noble father, you lament in vain:Oh noble father, you lament in vaine,
Titus AndronicusTit III.i.73For they have fought for Rome, and all in vain,For they haue fought for Rome, and all in vaine:
Titus AndronicusTit III.i.80For hands to do Rome service is but vain.For hands to do Rome seruice, is but vaine.
Twelfth NightTN IV.ii.97thy vain bibble-babble.thy vaine bibble babble.
The Two Gentlemen of VeronaTG III.i.168Be gone; I will not hear thy vain excuse,Be gone, I will not heare thy vaine excuse,
The Two Gentlemen of VeronaTG IV.iii.17Vain Thurio, whom my very soul abhors.Vaine Thurio (whom my very soule abhor'd.)
The Two Noble KinsmenTNK III.iii.10No more of these vain parleys; let us not,No more of these vaine parlies; let us not
The Two Noble KinsmenTNK epilogue.9Our market. 'Tis in vain, I see, to stay ye.Our Market: Tis in vaine, I see to stay yee,
The Winter's TaleWT II.i.109Commonly are; the want of which vain dewCommonly are) the want of which vaine dew
The Winter's TaleWT V.iii.140As I thought, dead; and have in vain said many(As I thought) dead: and haue (in vaine) said many


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The Passionate PilgrimPP.13.1 Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good, BEauty is but a vaine and doubtfull good,
The Passionate PilgrimPP.20.19 Ah, thought I, thou mourn'st in vain! Ah (thought I) thou mournst in vaine,
The Rape of LucreceLuc.1023 ‘ In vain I rail at Opportunity, In vaine I raile at oportunitie,
The Rape of LucreceLuc.1025 In vain I cavil with mine infamy, In vaine I cauill with mine infamie,
The Rape of LucreceLuc.1026 In vain I spurn at my confirmed despite; In vaine I spurne at my confirm'd despight,
The Rape of LucreceLuc.1044 ‘ In vain,’ quoth she, ‘ I live, and seek in vain In vaine (quoth shee) I liue, and seeke in vaine
The Rape of LucreceLuc.1665 But wretched as he is, he strives in vain; But wretched as he is he striues in vaine,
Venus and AdonisVen.607 But all in vain, good queen, it will not be, But all in vaine, good Queene, it will not bee,
Venus and AdonisVen.771 The kiss I gave you is bestowed in vain, The kisse I gaue you is bestow'd in vaine,
Venus and AdonisVen.772 And all in vain you strive against the stream; And all in vaine you striue against the streame,


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bootlessfruitlessly, uselessly, unsuccessfully, in vain
braglesswithout vain boast, without gloating
monarcho[pron: 'monahrkoh] vain hanger-on at court, pretentious absurdity
pipewhistle, look in vain
pribbles and prabblesvain chatter and silly quarrelling
vaindeceptive, false, idle [in using words]
vainfoolish, silly, stupid
vainin vain, to no purpose
vainworthless, idle, useless, empty
vanitytrifle, folly, vain thing
washlabour in vain, work to no purpose
word(plural) empty rhetoric, vain talk


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boast, without vainbragless
chatter, vainpribbles and prabbles
court, vain hanger-on atmonarcho
labour in vainwash
look in vainpipe
silly quarrelling and vain chatterpribbles and prabbles
talk, vainword
vain chatter and silly quarrellingpribbles and prabbles
vain hanger-on at courtmonarcho
vain thingvanity
vain, inbootless
vain, invain
vain, labour inwash
vain, look inpipe

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Politeness...t down and good now / no more of these vain parleys pray tem iii i 24 ...
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VAINBASICvain adj, vain n, vainly adv, vainness n, vanity n
VAINSTATEvainglory n


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