She sighed at the futile thoughts.
French influence made futile his attempt to come to an understanding with the emperor Louis the Bavarian.
His negotiations with Russia proved futile, and after a year's absence he returned to New York.
He settled in England as a West India merchant, making another futile attempt to enter parliament.
Several futile attempts have been made to draw conclusions as to the intelligence of various birds.
He displays his own vanity, frivolity and futile cleverness with much unconscious humour, but, it is only fair to allow, with some literary dexterity.
The pity of it is that he should have squandered his powers in a futile attempt to create an entirely new category of literature.
In addition to his native tongue he could read Latin and understood Greek, but he was unable to write, and Einhard gives an account of his futile efforts to learn this art in later life.