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He examined his hand carefully, vainly trying to find blood on it.
I tried vainly to put them together.
This success turned the tide of war against Don Carlos, who vainly attempted a raid towards Madrid.
Jerome vainly sought to bend his brother's will in an interview at Alexandria.
The thought that her best days, which she would have employed in loving him, were being vainly wasted, with no advantage to anyone, tormented her incessantly.