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hapless

[hap-lis] /ˈhæp lɪs/
adjective
1.
unlucky; luckless; unfortunate.
Origin of hapless
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; hap1 + -less
Related forms
haplessly, adverb
haplessness, noun
Can be confused
hapless, haply, happily.
Synonyms
miserable, woebegone, wretched, forlorn; pathetic, pitiable.
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  • But Fortune had not yet exhausted her malice against the hapless Athenians.

  • hapless as his condition was, he might still pray for mercy, and might possibly find it.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • He sprang forward at once towards the hapless boy, dragging the coat with him.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • Poor, hapless Bernardine could have cried aloud as she listened.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey
  • And could love do so little at its most unfortunate and hapless ending?

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for hapless

hapless

/ˈhæplɪs/
adjective
1.
unfortunate; wretched
Derived Forms
haplessly, adverb
haplessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hapless
adj.

"unfortunate," c.1400, from hap (n.) in the sense "good luck" + -less. Related: Haplessly; haplessness.

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