vain attempt

vain attempt

noun aborted mission, all talk and no action, barren, efforts to no avail, efforts to no purpose, empty effort, fruitless effort, futile effort, hallow efforts, idle efforts, impotent efforts, inadequate efforts, inane efforts, ineffective efforts, ineffectual efforts, inefficacious efforts, interrupted mission, meaningless attempt, unnvailing efforts, unsuccessful efforts, useless attempt, worthless effort
See also: abortion, failure, miscarriage
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Kwaque possessed overwhelmingly the slave-nature, while in Michael there was little more of the slave-nature than was found in the North American Indians when the vain attempt was made to make them into slaves on the plantations of Cuba.
I particularly remember one wild, snowy afternoon, soon after my return in January: the children had all come up from dinner, loudly declaring that they meant 'to be naughty;' and they had well kept their resolution, though I had talked myself hoarse, and wearied every muscle in my throat, in the vain attempt to reason them out of it.
As he raised her in his arms she looked at him wildly, and murmured and muttered in the vain attempt to speak.
And again she laughed and simulated a vain attempt to escape his bearlike arms.
And thereupon he would get out one or another of his manuscripts, such as "Adventure," and read it over and over in a vain attempt to vindicate the editorial silence.
Presently every Scoodler of the lot had thrown its head, and every head was down in the deep gulf, and now the helpless bodies of the creatures were mixed together in the cave and wriggling around in a vain attempt to discover what had become of their heads.
With a cry of horror I sprang forward in a vain attempt to save the life that for two years I would so gladly have seen extinguished.
The second stroke of the blade pierced far into the beast's spine, and with a last convulsive sweep of the fore-paws, in a vain attempt to reach his tormentor, Numa sprawled upon the ground, paralyzed and dying.
responded the old minister, putting forth his hand in a vain attempt to pat little Pearl on the cheek.
Here there were rumours of Martians at Epping, and news of the destruction of Waltham Abbey Powder Mills in a vain attempt to blow up one of the invaders.
I see it in her cheek, her smile, her vain attempt to frown.
Maria had destroyed her own character, and he would not, by a vain attempt to restore what never could be restored, by affording his sanction to vice, or in seeking to lessen its disgrace, be anywise accessory to introducing such misery in another man's family as he had known himself.