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 ?
We mourn the loss of our little pet, And sigh o'er her hapless fate, For never more by the fire she'll sit, Nor play by the old green gate.
The first generous impulse of Duncan was to rush to the rescue of the hapless wretch; but he felt himself bound to the spot by the iron grasp of the immovable scout.
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.
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.
Once this procedure was the cause of a calamity of which Sebastijonas Szedvilas was the hapless victim.
He had never thought that a fugitive might be a hapless mother, a defenceless child,--like that one which was now wearing his lost boy's little well-known cap; and so, as our poor senator was not stone or steel,--as he was a man, and a downright noble-hearted one, too,--he was, as everybody must see, in a sad case for his patriotism.
It is many and many a year since the hapless half-breed scooped out the stone to catch the priceless drops, but to this day the tourist stares longest at that pathetic stone and that slow-dropping water when he comes to see the wonders of McDougal's cave.
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.
where meantime was the hapless owner of this wreck?
I told her that I believed she had given me a faithful account of herself, and that we had both been hapless instruments in designing hands.
Others more milde, Retreated in a silent valley, sing With notes Angelical to many a Harp Thir own Heroic deeds and hapless fall By doom of Battel; and complain that Fate Free Vertue should enthrall to Force or Chance.
O tearful Guadiana, and ye O hapless daughters of Ruidera who show in your waves the tears that flowed from your beauteous eyes