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напрасно {adv} [тщетно]to no purpose
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Translation for 'to no purpose' from English to Russian

to no purpose
напрасно {adv} [тщетно]
Usage Examples English
  • If you say that he created to no purpose because it was his nature to do so, then God is pointless. If he created in some kind of sport, it was the sport of a foolish child, leading to trouble.
  • The majority of illustrations of "The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs" picture the farmer despairing after discovering that he has killed the goose to no purpose.
  • The next day he wrote again to Walsingham that if there was going to be a "surcease of arms" then "it shall be but folly and to no purpose for me to lie here" as if he was in arms whilst Elizabeth was negotiating peace it would make him "a jest to many, and they have reason".
  • Peter Damian used all his powers to persuade the antipope Cadalous to withdraw, but to no purpose.
  • He was sacked by the Privy Council two years later for having, "lewdlye behaved himself," and spent a great treasure to no purpose.
  • But at other times urban redevelopment projects have failed in several American cities, having wasted large amounts of public funds to no purpose.
  • The man-of-war attacked impotently, firing its guns “to no purpose; they could not come up with him.” Later in July the same man-of-war caught Crapo and attacked again, this time forcing Crapo to abandon his ship and attempt to flee in the periagua.
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