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.
Some five feet below him the mighty head crashed terribly but futilely through the leaves.
futilely he beat and thrust with his arms against the pillarlike limb.
He tried to read, he tried to smoke, he tried to sleep; futilely.
Her shoulders heaved as—futilely—she strove to wrench her arms free.
The Osgoods speculated curiously and futilely on Roadmaster's identity, as indeed the whole colony had done.
Maida's voice, futilely attempting to broadcast over the uproar.
He caught a glimpse of Carmena futilely clutching for Slade's throat.
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.