This archbishop has, in my opinion, been a vain and self-aggrandising man throughout.
He was yelling and crying, reaching out desperately and uselessly past the restraining arms in a vain attempt to bring his friend back.
The interviewer, in a vain attempt to give St Clair another opportunity to repair the damage done by his earlier answer, rephrased the question.
Many even stayed in the vain hope of catching a glimpse of their idol.
Elizabeth, vain and proud about her legendary beauty, was convinced she'd found the secret of youth.
From what I could gather, he was being sent around to cold-call upon the local residents in a vain attempt to convert them to the service of his electricity utility provider.
There is irritating piped music, a vain attempt to drown out the background wind-pocket moan of the ventilation/heating system and generate some atmosphere perhaps.
I took several deep breaths in a very vain attempt to calm myself.
She was the most arrogant, vain , self centred person I'd ever met.
He was so vain , he would change his clothes three times a day.