hapless

[hap-lis]
adjective
unlucky; luckless; unfortunate.

Origin:
1560–70; hap1 + -less

haplessly, adverb
haplessness, noun

hapless, haply, happily.


miserable, woebegone, wretched, forlorn; pathetic, pitiable.
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hapless (ˈhæplɪs)
 
adj
unfortunate; wretched
 
'haplessly
 
adv
 
'haplessness
 
n

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hapless
"unfortunate," 1568, from hap (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The hapless lovers in this first novel are kept constantly off-balance before
  being consigned to oblivion.
The hapless creature presumably drowns in his own tears, a finale that kids may
  find unsettling.
The hapless bureaucrat was forced to eat his own words.
From that time forward, her progress through life had been hapless.
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