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a.1.Luckless; also, destitute of a fortune or portion.
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Hers, I thought, must be a curious soul, where in spite of a strong, natural tendency to estimate unduly advantages of wealth and station, the sardonic disdain of a fortuneless subordinate had wrought a deeper impression than could be imprinted by the most flattering assiduities of a prosperous CHEF D'INSTITUTION.
His vision of Europe is that of a working-class American, looking at the meagre and fortuneless as an ontologically troubling presence and absence, both of which are lurking in the cinematic image itself.
34) This work contains the marriage plots of two female protagonists: the well-born, wealthy Lady Laura Merioneth and the illegitimate, relatively fortuneless Miss Rutland.