Word of the Day: unavailing – The New York Times


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Word of the day
This word has appeared in four articles on NYTimes.com in the past year. Can you use it in a sentence?

: producing no result or effect
The word unavailing has appeared in four articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 27 in the book review “Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Crossroads,’ a Mellow, ’70s-Era Heartbreaker That Starts a Trilogy” by Dwight Garner:
Franzen threads these stories, and their tributaries, so adeptly and so calmly that at moments he can seem to be on high-altitude, nearly Updikean autopilot. The character who cracks this novel fully open — she’s one of the glorious characters in recent American fiction — is Marion, Russ’s wife.
When we first meet her, she’s a frump, virtually a nonentity, an overweight pastor’s spouse, invisible except as a “warm cloud of momminess.” Russ, who puts people in mind of Atticus Finch and a young Charlton Heston, is embarrassed by Marion and “her sorry hair, her unavailing makeup, her seemingly self-spiting choice of dress.”
Can you correctly use the word unavailing in a sentence?
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