In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Few people can stand constant praise without becoming vain and self-centered.
- Aside from being a known womanizer, he was known to be a very vain and arrogant man.
- Elizabeth, vain and proud about her legendary beauty, was convinced she'd found the secret of youth.
- When you're young you just cannot imagine a universe without yourself because you are so vain.
- This archbishop has, in my opinion, been a vain and self-aggrandising man throughout.
- She hated herself for being so vain and conceited.
- He didn't look like he was bothered by all the attention, but he wasn't vain or self-centered either.
- They all agree he is arrogant and selfish and vain.
- Possessive, vain and self-absorbed, she stifled him until, he said, he could no longer stand women.
- He was so vain, he would change his clothes three times a day.
- A man should be clean and confident in his appearance, but not vain or pretentious.
- And don't be too vain to ask for help along the way.
- She was the most arrogant, vain, self centred person I'd ever met.
- Actually, I'm not being quite as vain as it may seem.
- She's a shallow, vain, self-centered woman who is going to crash and burn at a very early age.
- Looking back now I can really see I was a very vain person.
- Not to sound vain, but I looked really hot.
- Unlike a lot of more vain, self-regarding actors, she finds it impossible to conceal her vulnerability.
- And she was vain, always very concerned about her appearance.
- He was vain, egotistical, boorish and gloriously insensitive.
2.1(futile)(appeal/attempt) vano(appeal/attempt) inútil(hope/belief) vano
- There is irritating piped music, a vain attempt to drown out the background wind-pocket moan of the ventilation/heating system and generate some atmosphere perhaps.
- So this afternoon will see me making another disconsolate tour of the shops, in the vain hope of finding a pair of shoes that is both elegant and comfortable.
- They fought off their own hidden preferences and opinions in a vain struggle to be identical with everyone else; to ‘fit’.
- I walked up and down Tottenhan Court Road with Mark at lunchtime in a vain attempt to stave off unconsciousness.
- The interviewer, in a vain attempt to give St Clair another opportunity to repair the damage done by his earlier answer, rephrased the question.
- The way he's overcome adversity has been a real inspiration - and in a vain attempt to copy him I'm following his training programme as I prepare for my first duathlon.
- The game has always been controlled by wealthy people, often successful local businessmen who fritter away their fortunes on the vain hope of glory for their team.
- A surfer who braved 20 ft waves in a vain attempt to help rescue a mother and her children from seas off Scarborough said yesterday there was no safety equipment in the area.
- Many even stayed in the vain hope of catching a glimpse of their idol.
- She secretly changed her name three years after being jailed for life, in the vain hope that she would be able to begin a new life outside prison.
- We took to channel hopping in the vain hope that something remotely interesting would catch our attention.
- A couple of Italian wine bottles and maps of the Old Country had been scattered over the walls in a vain attempt to give the place, formerly a steak restaurant, a Mediterranean feel.
- The scream carried a vain hope that someone would do something to intervene.
- From what I could gather, he was being sent around to cold-call upon the local residents in a vain attempt to convert them to the service of his electricity utility provider.
- Deregulation has meant that for once anyone waiting for a cab during the Christmas period will not have to spend a bone-rattling hour or so in the vain hope a taxi will come by.
- Many of us seem to entertain the vain hope that ignorance will confer innocence, that by denying the consequences of our complicity, it will be as if it never happened.
- I took several deep breaths in a very vain attempt to calm myself.
- He was yelling and crying, reaching out desperately and uselessly past the restraining arms in a vain attempt to bring his friend back.
- As I stood outside the store, battered by the merciless, penetrating wind, I was reminded of days when I'd wear two pairs of pyjamas under my uniform in a vain attempt to keep warm.
- I like to support movies like this in the perhaps vain hope that they will do well and the studios will make more of them.
2.2(empty, worthless)(promise/words) vano
- This turn of events, this sad return after so many vain boasts, would have made a shamed recluse out of a normal human being.
- By and large I'm all for the right to speak your mind and give your opinion as long as it's of worth and not just some vain criticism thrown out for the sake of it.
- It's not a vain boast on the evidence of this season.
2.3in vain — vanamente
- it was all in vain — todo fue en vano
- thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain — no tomarás el nombre de Dios en vano
- who's taking my name in vain? — ¿quién está hablando de mí?
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