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(especially of a person) unfortunate.‘if you're one of the many hapless car buyers who've been shafted’
unfortunate, unlucky, luckless, out of luck, ill-starred, ill-fated, jinxed, cursed, doomedunhappy, forlorn, wretched, miserable, woebegonedown on one's luckstar-crossedView synonyms
- ‘Some went as far as singing besura love songs outside the hapless girl's house.’
- ‘Then when we got there a swarm of locust like marketeers engulfed our hapless family.’
- ‘It's unfair to blame the hapless candidate, of course, for her party's shortcomings.’
- ‘To be fair to the hapless reporter, I think he was rather embarrassed about this assignment.’
- ‘How much compensation was offered to the poor hapless farmers is not a state secret.’
- ‘For the professor, taking care of these hapless children has remained a life long passion.’
- ‘Remember what Antoine de Boursin did to the hapless employees at Bunsen Burners International?’
- ‘This is the kind of inspired initiative that might have saved hapless Henry but what flag would he have proposed we wave?’
- ‘A few will have headliner status thrust upon them, as has happened with the hapless Aaron Barschak.’
- ‘The hapless Sailor briefly stopped the onslaught when he scored three minutes later, but to no avail.’
- ‘Such marriages do not last longer than a year and then the hapless girls return with a child.’
- ‘She refuses, saying she needs to stay with her rather hapless boyfriend.’
- ‘Speer is no hapless victim caught in sadistic forces beyond his control.’
- ‘What about his grotesque decision to psychoanalyse his own daughter, the hapless Anna?’
- ‘Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star as two hapless criminals who embark on a land rush on the western frontier.’
- ‘It is not merely hapless tourists that are suffering in this unstable climate.’
- ‘Jeffrey is pretty hapless, and a very funny spoof of an irritating circuit queen.’
- ‘He would then regale his hapless customers with stories of his own daring deeds.’
- ‘The hapless travellers have to part with at least two to three rupees more for want of change.’
- ‘After all, failure to do so could leave them as hapless bystanders in a game of musical chairs which may be nearing its climax.’
Late Middle English: from hap (in the early sense good fortune) + -less.
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