Etymology
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hapless (adj.)

"unfortunate, luckless," c. 1400, from hap (n.) in the sense "good luck" + -less. Related: Haplessly; haplessness.

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Definitions of hapless

hapless (adj.)
deserving or inciting pity; "the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic"- Galsworthy;
a hapless victim
Synonyms: miserable / misfortunate / pathetic / piteous / pitiable / pitiful / poor / wretched
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