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futile
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • Some affirmed that the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale, on the very day when Hester Prynne first wore her ignominious badge, had begun a course of penance—which he afterwards, in so many futile methods, followed out—by inflicting a hideous torture on himself.
    Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (6% in)

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