hapless

[ hap-lis ]SEE DEFINITION OF hapless

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAPLESS

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.

He sprang forward at once towards the hapless boy, dragging the coat with him.

Poor, hapless Bernardine could have cried aloud as she listened.

And could love do so little at its most unfortunate and hapless ending?

But it had no effect on the chaperonage now imposed by her upon her hapless daughter.

Yet that was what the gods eventually decreed for this hapless twain.

They saw that their case was hapless, yet on they came across the shelterless plain.

Certainly they are sons of the hapless who meet my strength.

Now go, and kindle the fire beneath your hapless countrymen.'

WORD ORIGIN

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

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