vain

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vain

to use the name of someone, esp God, without due respect or reverence
b. Jocular to mention someone's name
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Trying to collect uncollectable debts in vain or throwing 3.5 million poor debtors to loan sharks is cruel and harmful for the economy.
He recalled that he had told all the senators before the start of the briefing, but all went in vain as all senators shared this with the media.
According to TC, power-tripping IC made AL wait in vain, reneging on a promise.