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Definition unlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
  • a hapless victim
  • Sydelle was in pain, but she wanted attention on her own terms, not as a hapless, foolish victim of fate.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • hapless = unfortunate
  • Hapless Aegeon, whom the fates have mark'd
    To bear the extremity of dire mishap!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • hapless = unlucky or unfortunate
  • perhaps a hapless gain
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • hapless = unlucky or unfortunate
  • Hapless child
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • hapless = unlucky or unfortunate
  • He was followed to the grave by a vast multitude of mourners, who "gave the hapless man the funeral of a king."
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Crime And Punishment
  • How long is it since there has been peace in my hapless country?
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The White Company
  • The hapless Dantes was doomed.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Weeps over them and wrings his hapless hands
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 2
  • It's a pair of hapless lovers: he crosses the briny deep: and she is left lamenting.
    Carroll, Lewis  --  Sylvie and Bruno
  • Thus, at last, our hapless travellers, deprived of water in this torrid heat, began to feel symptoms of mental disorder.
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Hapless, Aegeon, whom the fates have mark'd
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • He complied because he thought we were hapless fools.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Petyr might be a whisker on the hapless side, but he wasn't as cold as Edwyn, nor as hot as Black Walder.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • And oh! where meantime was the hapless owner of this wreck?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • You also want to save this hapless creature.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Hapless wretch! how can I brook On thy misery to look?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Incensed, Jerry heaved the glass, catching a hapless dresser in the shoulder.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • From that hapless moment the graces, the attachment, the fidelity of the young Indian, had lost their power to please.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • We are only hapless victims of that irony.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World

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