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futile
used in War and Peace

4 uses
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Definition
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
  • "I will tell you frankly," said Prince Vasili in the tone of a crafty man convinced of the futility of being cunning with so keen-sighted companion.
    Book Three — 1805 (27% in)
  • Everything seemed so futile and insignificant in comparison with the stern and solemn train of thought that weakness from loss of blood, suffering, and the nearness of death aroused in him.
    Book Three — 1805 (99% in)
  • At last the Emperor, tired of futile expectation, his actor's instinct suggesting to him that the sublime moment having been too long drawn out was beginning to lose its sublimity, gave a sign with his hand.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (48% in)
  • And again in a futile struggle with reality her mother, refusing to believe that she could live when her beloved boy was killed in the bloom of life, escaped from reality into a world of delirium.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (3% in)

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