I have spent the many years since trying, futilely, to catch up.
Israel is quick to laud those who fought the Nazis, no matter how futilely, over those who went powerless to their deaths.
But conservatism now feels a lot like liberalism did in 1984 and 1985, back when I was futilely shoveling away that snow.
1550s, from Middle French futile, from Latin futilis "vain, worthless, futile," literally "pouring out easily" (of a vessel), hence "easily emptied, leaky, unreliable," from base of fundere "pour, melt," from PIE root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Related: Futilely.