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Definitionunlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
- I heard of the discovery of the American hemisphere and wept with Safie over the hapless fate of its original inhabitants.Chapter 13 (61% in)
- Thus spoke my prophetic soul, as, torn by remorse, horror, and despair, I beheld those I loved spend vain sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine, the first hapless victims to my unhallowed arts.Chapter 8 (**% in)
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