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  • adv. In a profitless manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a profitless manner; without profit.

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

  • adv. without gain or profit


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  • Especially if one is a self-proclaimed Christian, but even if not, one should refrain from profitlessly insulting people with these kinds of remarks, which one would so dislike having directed toward oneself.

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  • Confused, they have lashed out at themselves and others, ultimately profitlessly and meaninglessly.

    Guardsman Of Gor

  • I tried to sort out into order exactly what had happened the evening before, and wondered profitlessly what I would have done if I hadn't been drunk.


  • The two stood listening, and from the open doorway above the clatter of the traffic and the patter of feet on the pavement came floating down to them profitlessly.

    The Tiger in the Smoke

  • This is not to pose the editorial question of justice, but to remember in passing the girdled forests, abused prairies, gullied lands, the stupidly harnessed plains, wasted coal, gas, petroleum; the millions of tons of rich mud denied hungry soil by Mississippi levees and forced profitlessly into the salt sea.

    Greener Than You Think

  • When the mining first began, several rebels toward the East had tried profitlessly to buck this irrefragable game and had found they had battered their unyielding heads against an equally unyielding stone wall.


  • The events of life are the hieroglyphics in which God records His feelings towards us, the key to which is found in the Bible [Moore]. wages ... put ... into a bag with holes -- proverbial for labor and money spent profitlessly (Zec 8: 10; compare Isa 55: 2; Jer 2: 13).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The work of busy bee at a window-pane had at any rate not spoilt her beauty, though she had voluntarily, profitlessly, become this man's drudge, and her sprightly fancy, her ready humour and darting look all round in discussion, were rather deadened.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • Such things are seen large by these young people, but as they have neither organs, nor arteries, nor brains, nor membranes, dissection and inspection will be alike profitlessly practised.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • And you are angry, you storm and rave when a respectable person wants to save the unfortunate child from having her innocence corrupted, save her from withering away profitlessly in the claws of a pack of gross, rowdy, street-lounging, rake-hell young profligates, from living a life of wretchedness and shame, from dying abandoned and accursed, to say nothing of the fire of hell after death.

    A Hungarian Nabob


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