hapless


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hap·less

 (hăp′lĭs)
adj.
Luckless; unfortunate. See Synonyms at unfortunate.

hap′less·ly adv.
hap′less·ness n.

hapless

(ˈhæplɪs)
adj
unfortunate; wretched
ˈhaplessly adv
ˈhaplessness n

hap•less

(ˈhæp lɪs)

adj.
unlucky; luckless; unfortunate.
[1560–70; hap1 + -less]
hap′less•ly, adv.
hap′less•ness, n.

hapless

, happiness - Hapless means one is lacking hap, "good fortune, luck"; the words happy and happiness also have the root "hap."
See also related terms for luck.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hapless - deserving or inciting pityhapless - deserving or inciting pity; "a hapless victim"; "miserable victims of war"; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy; "piteous appeals for help"; "pitiable homeless children"; "a pitiful fate"; "Oh, you poor thing"; "his poor distorted limbs"; "a wretched life"
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

hapless

adjective unlucky, unfortunate, cursed, unhappy, miserable, jinxed, luckless, wretched, ill-starred, ill-fated the hapless victim struggled helplessly

hapless

adjective
Involving or undergoing chance misfortune:
Translations

hapless

[ˈhæplɪs] ADJdesventurado

hapless

[ˈhæpləs] adjmalheureux/euse

hapless

adjglücklos; yet another misfortune in the life of this hapless mannoch ein Unglück im Leben dieses vom Pech verfolgten Menschen

hapless

[ˈhæplɪs] (liter) adj (wretched) → disgraziato/a; (unfortunate) → sventurato/a
References in classic literature ?
A vast pulpy mass, furlongs in length and breadth, of a glancing cream-color, lay floating on the water, innumerable long arms radiating from its centre, and curling and twisting like a nest of anacondas, as if blindly to clutch at any hapless object within reach.
There was a hapless company of players in the town from time to time, and they came to us for their printing.
He was followed to the grave by a vast multitude of mourners, who "gave the hapless man the funeral of a king.
My passions, from that hapless hour, Usurp'd a tyranny which men Have deem'd, since I have reach'd to power; My innate nature - be it so: But, father, there liv'd one who, then, Then - in my boyhood - when their fire Burn'd with a still intenser glow,(For passion must, with youth, expire) E'en then who knew this iron heart In woman's weakness had a part.
Another day Luigi took Ginevra's pictures, her portrait, and the few articles of furniture which they could still exist without, and sold them for a miserable sum, which prolonged the agony of the hapless household for a time.
With growing admiration came a feeling of quick pity for the hapless situation of the great brute rendered futile and helpless by the wiles of the Gomangani.
But while hapless Dough-Boy was by nature dull and torpid in his intellects, Pip, though over tender-hearted, was at bottom very bright, with that pleasant, genial, jolly brightness peculiar to his tribe; a tribe, which ever enjoy all holidays and festivities with finer, freer relish than any other race.
The hapless porker whose fate I have just rehearsed, was not the only one who suffered in that memorable day.
At length a groan from the hapless Edward (who alone retained any share of life) restored us to ourselves.
I heard of the discovery of the American hemisphere and wept with Safie over the hapless fate of its original inhabitants.
It was a wonderful experience standing inside the building with Emma Jane's apron wound about her hair; wonderful to feel that when she leaned her head against the bars they seemed to turn to cold iron; that her eyes were no longer Rebecca Randall's but mirrored something of Charlotte Corday's hapless woe.
But let us hype they distributed some of their superfluous coin among these hapless exiles to purchase food and a night's lodging.