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Madly, futilely, I wrote novel after novel, eight in all, that failed to find a publisher. I persisted because for me the novel was the supreme literary form - not just one among many, not a relic of the past, but the way we communicate to one another the subtlest truths about this business of living.
William Nicholson

Meaning of "futilely" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF FUTILELY

futilely  [ˈfjuːtaɪllɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FUTILELY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Futilely is an adverb.
The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES FUTILELY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of futilely in the English dictionary

The first definition of futilely in the dictionary is in such a way as to have no effective result; unsuccessfully. Other definition of futilely is pointlessly; unimportantly; in such a way as to be trifling. Futilely is also inanely or foolishly.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH FUTILELY


agilely
ˈædʒaɪllɪ
facilely
ˈfæsaɪllɪ
fertilely
ˈfɜːtaɪllɪ
fragilely
ˈfrædʒaɪllɪ
frailly
ˈfreɪllɪ
hostilely
ˈhɒstaɪllɪ
imbecilely
ˈɪmbɪˌsaɪllɪ
infertilely
ɪnˈfɜːtaɪllɪ
palely
ˈpeɪllɪ
puerilely
ˈpjʊəraɪllɪ
servilely
ˈsɜːvaɪllɪ
shrilly
ˈʃrɪllɪ
stalely
ˈsteɪllɪ
sterilely
ˈstɛraɪllɪ
stilly
ˈstɪllɪ
tactilely
ˈtæktaɪllɪ
tensilely
ˈtɛnsaɪllɪ
versatilely
ˈvɜːsəˌtaɪllɪ
vilely
ˈvaɪllɪ
virilely
ˈvɪraɪllɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FUTILELY

futchel
futharc
futhark
futhorc
futhork
futile
futileness
futilitarian
futilitarianism
futilities
futility
futon
futsal
futtock
futtock plate
futtock shroud
futural
future
future life
future perfect

WORDS THAT END LIKE FUTILELY

absolutely
approximately
barely
brittlely
closely
completely
definitely
docilely
ductilely
effectively
extremely
immediately
juvenilely
likely
lovely
senilely
solely
subtilely
supplely
unfortunately

Synonyms and antonyms of futilely in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «futilely» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FUTILELY

Find out the translation of futilely to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of futilely from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «futilely» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

徒劳
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

inútilmente
570 millions of speakers

English

futilely
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

futilely
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عبثا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

тщетно
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

inutilmente
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

futilely
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

futilement
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Futilely
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

vergeblich
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

無駄に
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

무익
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Futilely
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vô ích
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பயனற்ற முறையில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

निष्फळपणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

boş yere
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

inutilmente
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

bezskutecznie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

марно
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

inutil
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μάταια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

futilely
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

futilely
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

futilely
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of futilely

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FUTILELY»

The term «futilely» is regularly used and occupies the 92.102 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about futilely

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QUOTES WITH «FUTILELY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word futilely.
1
William Nicholson
Madly, futilely, I wrote novel after novel, eight in all, that failed to find a publisher. I persisted because for me the novel was the supreme literary form - not just one among many, not a relic of the past, but the way we communicate to one another the subtlest truths about this business of living.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FUTILELY»

Discover the use of futilely in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to futilely and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Mishnah Berurah: The Classic Commentary to Shulchan Aruch ...
Likewise, if one expresses the /Divine/ Name in a foreign language9 futilely, i.e., not in praise or thanksgiving, this also involves /a transgression of/ this prohibition. ((Acharonim)) The E.R. writes in the name of the S.Ch. that when one hears his ...
Israel Meir (ha-Kohen), Aharon Feldman, 1980
2
Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions
It is supposed to be mitigating for the living one when, sleepless, he futilely seeks rest on his bed at night, when, fleeing from himself, he futilely seeks a hiding place where consciousness cannot discover him, when the tormented one, weary in ...
Søren Kierkegaard, Howard Vincent Hong, Edna Hatlestad Hong, 1993
3
The Buddha of Suburbia
Helen loved me futilely, and I loved Charlie futilely, and he loved Miss Patchouli futilely, and no doubt she loved some other fucker futilely. The only unfutilely loving couple were God and Eva. I had a bad time just sitting in the car with them,  ...
Hanif Kureishi, 2009
4
Yoga in Practice
FUTiLELY WANDERS Futilely wanders, he futilely wanders through eighty-four hundred thousand births: yes, he futilely wanders. (refrain) He doesn't know what's right so prideful at his root, so prideful. That person without knowledge goes to ...
David Gordon White, 2011
5
Garner's Modern American Usage
See -ABLE (A). futilely, adv., is sometimes misspelled *futiley—e.g.: • “As she futiley [read futilely] tries to emotionally latch on to someone . . . , she becomes more unhinged.” Paul Sherman, “Video View,” Boston Herald, 2 July 1995, at 10.
Bryan Garner, 2009
6
Courage!
TO. ANY. OLD. CRITIC. So life with all its struggles is a sham And not worth living , all the world's a stage On which we play our gloomy parts. We laugh futilely, love futilely, futilely rage. You tell me that, do you? You sneer at life. You sneer at  ...
Richard Mansfield, Witter Bynner, 1918
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Theory and Practice in Kant and Kierkegaard
(VII 139) To get clearer about the deeper structure of Kierkegaard's conception of double-mindedness, we need to analyse that kind of will which the double- minded agent intends to actualise or, in Kierkegaard's words, 'futilely wants to follow ...
Ulrich Knappe, 2004
8
The Crises of "Language and Dead Signs" in Ludwig Tieck's ...
In fear that his European tour will destroy the love-bond with Amalie, William says : "I lost my dear fellow companion and call his name futilely through the dark wood. A hollow echo throws it back to me." The reader may be curious here about ...
William Crisman, 1996
9
The Mad King:
Hehas died ashe had lived—futilely." As hespokethe Princess Emma had crossed the room toward him. Nowshe stood athis side,her hand in his. Tense silence reigned inthe apartment. The old chancellor stood with bowed head, buried in ...
Edgar Rice Burroughs, 2014
10
IMF, World Bank and Adb Agenda on Privatisation: Sri Lanka ...
It is respectfully submitted that by paragraphs 3, 7, 21 and 23 of the Affidavit of the 12"' Respondent, she has, for reasons best known to her, futilely endeavoured to mislead, vis-a-vis the role played by the Steering Committee, whereas the ...
Nihal Sri Ameresekere, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FUTILELY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term futilely is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Cardiff loss a minor hiccup - Lehmann
Perhaps in other countries, the captain and coach either futilely, or cannot, ask for certain conditions as the ground-staff may have the power to ... «ESPNcricinfo.com, Jul 15»
2
Postgame: Torii Hunter is proud to have "Granddad pop"
Cespedes reached awkwardly, and futilely, for an outside slider to strike out, and Duensing then got what might have been a double-play ball ... «Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jul 15»
3
A three-time Eastern Amateur champ, ready for one final go-around
Those yards are why Liebler sat in the clubhouse an hour later, waiting futilely for the rain to stop, and said, "This is my last trip. I'm done. «The Virginian-Pilot, Jul 15»
4
Terry Dickson: Love story behind modest little bridge named for a …
... in Korea, but so had his cousin Frank King, who contracted double pneumonia from swimming an icy river trying futilely to escape capture. «Florida Times-Union, Jul 15»
5
Did Rock and Roll Pacify America?
... before describing a rock-gospel vocalist futilely singing praises to God even as the “the music itself rocked on and out away from the words ... «Yahoo News UK, Jul 15»
6
Atticus Finch Is Racist in Go Set a Watchman & the Internet Is …
... the single father of two who futilely defended a black man accused of raping a white woman and became the gold standard against which all ... «E! Online, Jul 15»
7
Dreams and holes in the wall
Of course, I would see — in my mind — some slugger at the plate waiting futilely for my pitch. Often, my offerings were right on the money, ... «Examiner Enterprise, Jul 15»
8
Dreaming Out Loud: Trying to watch a fireworks show with a 2-year-old
It's about futilely making plans that involve a 2-year-old. We decided to go to the Hudson fireworks show this year. Andrew typically is a hard ... «Hudson Hub-Times, Jul 15»
9
One of the greatest Cannes winners is back in theaters
... darkness runs darker, the daylight shines brighter, and every iconic image—like a pair of fingers reaching sadly, futilely out of a sewer grate, ... «A.V. Club, Jul 15»
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Relationship Connection: My husband's PTSD is destroying our family
... more committed way, his untreated PTSD will continue to produce ongoing spot fires that will have you running around futilely trying to create ... «St George News, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Futilely [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/futilely>. Jul 2020 ».
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