Word Summary
matēn: in vain, to no purpose
Original Word: μάτην
Transliteration: matēn
Phonetic Spelling: (mat'-ane)
Part of Speech: Adverb
Short Definition: in vain, to no purpose
Meaning: in vain, to no purpose
Strong's Concordance
in vain.

Accusative case of a derivative of the base of massaomai (through the idea of tentative manipulation, i.e. Unsuccessful search, or else of punishment); folly, i.e. (adverbially) to no purpose -- in vain.

see GREEK massaomai

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 3155: μάτην

μάτην (accusative (cf. Winers Grammar, 230 (216); Buttmann, § 131, 12) of μάτη, equivalent to ματία, a futile attempt, folly, fault), adverb, from Pindar, Aeschylus down, in vain, fruitlessly: Matthew 15:9 and Mark 7:7, after Isaiah 29:13 the Sept..