Vaínly. adv. [from vain.]
- Without effect; to no purpose; in vain.
Our cannons malice vainly shall be spent
Against th' invulnerable clouds of heav'n. Shakesp.
In weak complaints you vainly waste your breath;
They are not tears that can revenge his death. Dryden.
- Proudly; arrogantly.
My forepast proofs, howe'er the matter fall,
Shall tax my fears of little vanity,
Having vainly fear'd too little. Shakespeare.
Humility teaches us to think neither vainly nor vauntingly of ourselves. Delany.
- Idly; foolishly.
Nor vainly hope to be invulnerable. Milton.
If Lentulus be ambitious, he shall be vainly credulous; presuming his advancement to be decreed by the Sybilline oracles. Grew's Cosmol.