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  • adv. In a fruitless manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a fruitless manner; without any valuable effect; idly; vainly; unprofitably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an unproductive manner

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Examples

  • While again fruitlessly trying to clear our archives of accumulated links, we were happily reacquainted with Richard Box's installation called Field.

    Fluorescent Field

  • But what you deny fruitlessly is the active part you took in the conflict that ensued between the patriots and the satellites of tyranny; it is your zeal and ardour in serving the enemies of the people, in supplying them with cartridges, which you took pains to bite, because they were directed against patriots and intended to mow them down; it is the desire you have publicly expressed that victory should belong to the power and partisans of your brother, and the encouragement of all kinds which you have given to the murderers of your country.

    The Ruin of a Princess

  • But in revenge for this the sons of the king, when Parasurama was away, returned to the hermitage and slew the pious and unresisting sage Jamadagni, who called fruitlessly for succour on his valiant son.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV Kumhar-Yemkala

  • _ and adds the following remark: -- "It will easily be perceived, that the only part of this Sonnet which is of any value, is the lines printed in italics; it is equally obvious, that, except in the rhyme, and in the use of the single word ` fruitless 'for fruitlessly, which is so far a defect, the language of these lines does in no respect differ from that of prose."

    Biographia Literaria

  • "fruitless" for fruitlessly, which is so far a defect, the language of these lines does in no respect differ from that of prose.

    Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems, 1800, Volume 1

  • 'fruitless' for fruitlessly, which is so far a defect, the language of these lines does in no respect differ from that of prose.

    Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books with Introductions, Notes and Illustrations

  • During the Sugar Act crisis, Benjamin Franklin and other prominent Pennsylvanians repeatedly and fruitlessly petitioned the colonial government to take action against taverns and drinking.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Still, I deeply resented the way I fruitlessly checked the dining room for him every morning.

    How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf

  • I'm sitting at home in Oklahoma trying to thaw out from (stupidly) spending the last 15-degree day of Oklahoma's archery season shivering fruitlessly in the woods, and the nearest thing I have to a non-wife booth babe right now is my dog.

    Booth Babes?

  • Anti-libertarian Progressives fulminated fruitlessly against Buchanan.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Bruce Bartlett’s Attack on Libertarianism

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